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12/08/2011 Cheyenne, WY
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that fracking – a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells – may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution.

The draft finding could have significant implications while states try to determine how to regulate the process. Environmentalists characterized the report as a significant development though it met immediate criticism from the oil and gas industry and a U.S. senator.

The practice is called hydraulic fracturing and involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and improve the flow of oil or gas to the surface.

The EPA found that compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath Pavillion, a small community in central Wyoming where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals. Health officials advised them last year not to drink their water after the EPA found low levels hydrocarbons in their wells.
The Art of Forgetting has become an essential part of our lives. By forgetting, we become comfortable with ourselves and our situation. We forget any sense of personal emptiness. We forget the sufferings of other people. This insidious comfort does indeed bring with it a certain form of happiness. But such happiness, in the midst of meaninglessness and the threat of extinction, is surely nauseating. And none of the accoutrements of this happiness (money, sexual adventure, social status, and the like) ever quite work: because no matter how physically or emotionally comfortable they make us feel, they can never quite overcome the conscience-pricking fear that we have forgotten to do something.

But notwithstanding our attempts to forget, we all know that greed, hatred, and apathy are threatening our individual lives, our society, and our planet.

Some people keep trying. An old friend of mine, and an absolutely awesome musician, Marc Black, has been fighting the good fight against Fracking for a long time. Here’s Marc singing “No Fracking Way”.