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Intro: "Natural gas fracking companies are treating the campaign to expand drilling in Pennsylvania like a military campaign, using 'psy ops' to quell the 'insurgency' of environmental, economic, and health concerns. Audio tapes recorded by the Oil & Gas Accountability Project at a Houston oil industry conference reveal the wartime mindset of the frackers."

Ken Schmitt worries about a soon-to-open fracking mine near his Wisconsin cattle farm. (photo: Justin Newhall/Bloomberg Businessweek)
Ken Schmitt worries about a soon-to-open fracking mine near his Wisconsin cattle farm. (photo: Justin Newhall/Bloomberg Businessweek)

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+10 # bboren 2011-11-10 09:00
Is anyone else worried about this fracking in Oklahoma. We have been having earthquakes for the last 10 days almost on a daily basis. Two of these quakes were big enough to be felt seeral states away from us. These quakes are centered in a place where the National Geographic Survey people say there is no fault line. Fracking has been done in Oklahoma for years and I was thinking maybe it could be a contributing factor in these quakes. I have lived here for over 25 years and until the last year I have never felt an earthquake. Since last spring there have been three quakes that have actually caused damage and I felt all of them more than 40 miles away from the epicenter. It seems to me if you go deep underground and breakup the rock structures that supports the ground above you could be looking at causing problems for the surface. Could we begin to see huge sinkholes from all of this fracking. This could be a problem that no one has considered or maybe the gas producers have considered it and decided their huge profits are more important.
+7 # LeeBlack 2011-11-10 09:45
I think locals in several areas are concerned - Texas and Colorado for sure. An additional concern is that this 'fracking' is now used for oil drilling as well as natural gas. The 'boom' in North Dakota is because 'fracking' allows deeper drilling.
+9 # Glen 2011-11-10 11:39
Gas companies have considered it and denied the underground damage, bboren. Not only are these companies wrecking underground structures and support systems, the remaining caverns caused by removing oil and gas also contribute to surface weakening. And don't forget the chemicals and waste of water.

We felt your 5.6 earthquake, and I automatically assumed fracking was again taking place in this state. There have been numerous states subjected to fracking and endless tremors. There is no excuse.

These companies learned from the experts: commercial advertising and the U.S. government.
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-11-10 13:04
Glen, nice... they seem to be busy fighting the war of public relations and many naive will believe them without question like they are gods. If so, then perhaps all children deserve to live in the toxic sludge they leave behind.
+6 # Capn Canard 2011-11-10 13:01
bboren, you better be worried. The Oil companies are there to take and then leave a big present for your children to lick up after they've excreted the waste. There is nothing good that comes from fracking, just misery.
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-11-10 09:33
& next come the drones, eh?
+5 # Doubter 2011-11-10 12:08
I agree with all the above comments but would like to add that the only way we are going to stop these people is by drastically reducing our oil consumption (we have met the enemy and it is us) so that there is no need for more drilling. This whole civilization can be seen as horde of ants gorging on a pool of honey. (oil) Our demand is what empowers the despoilers to despoil.
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-11-10 13:13
Doubter, YES, and it is all about MONEY! It is very simple: oil is running out, so their attitude is that they want/need to sell as much of it now as they possibly can before there is none left to sell and then demand would disappear with lost profits! It is a game and they are easily winning, Slapping us around like a two bit hoe. If we don't resist, expect more of the same. Consider for a moment that Doubter finds a way to create a portable and inexhaustable energy supply. Yay, we all cheer, but Oil and Coal industry would ignore it and continue without even an acknowledgment whatsoever. Why? There is NO MONEY, NO PROFIT in energy that is available everywhere and you can rest assured that such an energy would never make it to market. MONEY is the problem cause no one would make enough money to actually change energy sources. It is the lie we live with everyday, the very foundation of our economy and it is live a rope of sand.
+3 # gt66 2011-11-11 12:27
Absolutely disgusting that these fracking companies would actually refer to Pennsylvania residents as "insurgents" of their own state. The arrogance and hatefulness that people like Matt Pitzarella express in pursuit of their profits makes me sick! He and his ilk are twisted, dangerous individuals who appear more than prepared to escalate their pursuits to not only misleading but potentially violent levels. The man is obviously a very disturbed individual.

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