Whose Boom, Whose Bust? Marcellus Shale Fracking

Marcellus Gas WellThe gas industry has rushed into Central Appalachia at a pace that is overwhelming informed citizen decision-making.  The discovery that slickwater horizontal hydraulic fracturing of the deep Marcellus Shale can bring trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to harvest is bringing in a drilling industry stampede that is already overwhelming certain areas in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with parts of Ohio, New York, and Maryland lining up. This new phenomenon is highly controversial in ways not dissimilar to the controversies revolving around coal. Arguments rage over jobs vs. environment; domestic energy vs. imported energy; private property rights vs. community rights.

One can find countless reams of information about Marcellus Shale Fracking.  What is needed, we feel, is a recapitulation of basic Biblical/Theological concepts on God-given human responsibilities that can point us in a moral/ethical direction.  Of course, people of good will can differ on some points, so we need to keep a modicum of humility and openness and civility as we engage this critical issue. But make no mistake, the Marcellus Shale gas exploitation is rapidly and significantly changing the face of Central Appalachia.

Link to theological thoughts
Link to Ingraffea’s presentation
Link to the film, "Gasland"
Links to Breaking News
The Gas Industry's Side
Cornell University Resource Page
Why Fracking and Coal Cannot Get Along
"Fracking the Future" (Desmog blog's comprehensive study .pdf)
Economic Consequences of Shale Gas Drilling (.pdf May 2011)
Health Concenrs Mount (April 2013)
Fracking Protests
Drillers Inject Pollutants into the Earth under Lax Laws (Publica, Sept. 2012)
Fracking Industry Mining Iowa's Sand Bluffs in a Form of Mountaintop Removal (May 2013, DesmogBlog)
Higher Prices in US if Natural Gas is Opened as a Major Export
What It Is Like To Have Fracking In Your Backyard (West Virgina Story, April 2013)
View of Fracking From Outer Space
Jessica Ernst tells the Consequences of Fracking (Video)

Sandra Steingraber Issues Statement On Her Trespassing Jail Sentence Opposing Fracking (April 2013)
Bill Moyers Interview With Sandra Steingraber (Transcript, April 20, 2013) and also the Video and Release
The Environmental Dangers of Methane Gas
Weather Channel report of Radioactive Fracking Waste Polluting Rivers
EPA Abandoning Wyoming Fracking Study Raises Questions