Cornered by Mike Baldwin

Cornered

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  1. battle of plattsburgh

    battle of plattsburgh said, over 1 year ago

    Dang! More fracken highway construction to slow us down!

  2. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The reason the analysis was kept secret is because the document itself is not a health impact study at all but it is merely a defense or justification as to why the administration didn’t do a rigorous study. There are too many instances of families who now have drinking water that is unsafe or even flammable. People who work in fracking should be required to buy those houses and live in them to prove just how safe it is.

  3. comicnut4636

    comicnut4636 said, over 1 year ago

    I like the animated banner today!!!

  4. Dry and Dusty

    Dry and Dusty GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @phritzg

    There are too many instances of families who now have drinking water that is unsafe or even flammable.

    I live in a Fracking state. Yes there is some contamination, but the company has made it right, and there aren’t nearly as many as some sources would have you believe.

  5. georgelcsmith

    georgelcsmith said, over 1 year ago

    There are places in the US where natural gas is in the water table and always has been. While hydraulic fracking is a relatively new process, older methods have been around for decades. I saw a demonstration of an older method at the centennial of oil in 1959.

  6. phyllis may bear

    phyllis may bear said, over 1 year ago

    but you should see the spread the widow puts out.

    (that would be a triple, by the way)

  7. naturally_easy

    naturally_easy said, over 1 year ago

    How about, “cured”?

  8. old1953

    old1953 said, over 1 year ago

    Sigh. Fracking at depths over 40,000 feet does not pose any risk of contamination. Fracking at lesser depths will pose increasing risks as the depth decreases. The fracking process involves forcing high pressure fluids into the rock with the intention of cracking the rock and allowing natural gas and oil to escape from being entrapped in shale. The fracking process does not have to break the rock all the way to the surface, it merely has to break rock to the point where it finds an existing fracture that reaches to the water table. Below 20,000 feet open fractures are nearly nonexistent. Pressure from the thousands of tons per square inch of pressure from the weight of the rocks above acts to seal such things very quickly, the rock literally flows to fill fractures. Thus, with increased depth comes greater confidence that fracking won’t cause problems on the surface. Below 40,000 feet, forget it, we don’t have pumps that can create the kind of pressure needed to break rocks for five miles up and possibly find an existing crack. Something seldom mentioned (because much “Green” money comes from coal companies that don’t want it mentioned) is that natural gas emits less than half the CO2 released by burning the amount of coal needed to generate the same quantity of electricity. Moreover, if you count the power used in baghouses, washing plants and smoke digestors that clean and treat coal to prevent SO2 emissions and fly ash particulates, the number drops considerably further. And that’s the science essay for today.

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