It is difficult to look at a disaster that has only yet scratched the surface of potential harm, and say, "see ... we should not be doing that!" But that is exactly the lesson to be taken from the recent flooding in Colorado.
For years activists against HVHF / fracking have raised questions about the danger of toxic chemicals into the environment. The red flags are everywhere. Regardless of how much regulation is proposed to "make drilling safe," the fact remains that just one tank or pipeline or landfill that releases toxic contaminants creates a harmful environmental chain reaction we cannot even fully understand.
The recent disaster in Colorado bears watching. The mainstream news media seems content to report about broken roads, bridges and homes but they are not covering the monster lurking in the fields: damaged gas and oil well drilling sites, tanks and pipelines. The concentration of a large number of wells located in Weld and Boulder counties - located in known flood plain regions - is cause for notice. It is yet one more piece of knowledge that HVHF / fracking is too risky of an industrial practice to warrant more development. We must pursue safer. greener renewable technologies for energy development.
Here are a few articles to help you understand the depth of this tragedy.
TreeHugger.com: Chris Tackett Colorado flood damaged oil pipelines & gas fracking wells
Huff Post Green: Matt Ferner, Does A Fracking Disaster Lurk Under Colorado's Floodwaters?
Counter Punch: Phillip Doe, Fracking and Colorado Flooding Don’t Mix
Intellihub: JG Vibes, Residents near Colorado are reporting that the recent flood has taken out multiple fracking sites, releasing toxic chemicals
The Denver Post: Bruce Finley and Ryan Parker, 5,250 gallons of oil spills into South Platte River
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