Last edited by Dwight; 11-15-12 at 01:53 PM.
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While it is factually true I have never worked as a sandman, what I intended that post to state is that I have never worked as a landman.
The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.
My view on "frecking" the Marcellus shale for Natural Gas is an observation of what has happened nearby. The process drills straight down vertically near the Marcellus shale that is approximately 5000 feet below the surface. The steerable drill bit makes a long radius turn and then drills horizontally for as long as a mile in the producing formation that can vary in thickness and then this Marcellus shale is fracked. This opens up and loosens the shale in this formation. This all happens one mile underground and nobody can say where the fracking travels to exactly. If a seam becomes permeable to an acquifer (underground water table), then contamination of that acquifer can occur and mixed methane gases, fracking chemicals, and drilling muds may contaminate that acquifer. At this point and 90% of the time the drillers deny having caused the problem and it is a mile underground. Occasionally, they will accept responsibility, but they know it is difficult to prove that they caused the problem and they can afford legal hardball. Regulations need to be established in all watersheds within miles of drilling, with baseline water reference testing for a benchmark to compare after drilling and fracking water contaminants. The drilling companies claim the driling muds and fracking fluids are proprietary and will not list the chemicals involved to be tested for in baseline references. That is pretty much the problem. Without these regulations and a baseline "it is hard to fight Big Money."
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)