Thursday, January 14, 2010
Profits Privatized, Environmental Costs Externalized
Special to the Weekly Press
Over and over, we are told natural gas drilling will help U.S. energy independence. That is the prime rationale for sacrificing billions of gallons of clean water from Pennsylvania streams and rivers to be permanently contaminated with toxic chemicals used in drilling. However, other countries are investing in the Marcellus Shale boom, including France and Norway. Norway may prefer to ship natural gas from Pennsylvania if it’s cheaper than their Russian supply. In short, the exclusive driving force of the industry is not energy independence, but profit.
Check out the full article here - it is VERY informative!
I almost choked on my coffee when I saw this headline - I was just having this exact conversation with someone yesterday. The only difference is that I was implying that the UK would be the first ones interested in importing our gas...I guess France and Norway will just get the ball rolling. How nice is that for them - they get all the "clean" energy and we get saddled with the environmental costs.