Ostriches (and Humans) Beware

Photo: The Nation/Elizabeth Royte

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that saying in my life. When I hear it, I think about ostriches with their heads buried in the sand. Hopefully, that sand isn’t anywhere near a shale gas drilling site.
I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements or the talking heads on the news or even political candidates as high up as President Obama talking about drilling for “clean” energy. They make it sound so safe and comforting. It’s always coupled with the idea that the country needs to drill for our energy independence – our way of life depends on it, our economy depends on it. But, how safe is “fracking”? What happens when spills occur during the process of drilling for this supposedly clean shale gas? What we don’t know may already be killing us.

Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. While the country continues to be near-sighted when it comes to development of truly safe energy, oil and gas companies rake in profits and dole out death. What happens when our entire food supply is tainted with chemicals linked to the fracking process? I shudder to think about it.

To learn more about the dangers of fracking and what may be happening to our food supply, follow the link: http://www.thenation.com/article/171504/fracking-our-food-supply#