Trucks and more Trucks
Took a ride up rt. 287 to Ansonia PA, Tioga Co.
Stoped at the Darling Run Access and biked down along Big Pine Creek to the Owassee. That’s the name of the rapids on a turn in the creek in the upper part of the PA grand canyon.
We then drove west to Potter Co. and down rt. 44. This is all yesterday, Sunday. If we passed one water tank semi, we passed a hundred. They are hauling the water to the gas wells for fracking the shale viens. The serenity of the beautiful mountain roads has been prettty much destroyed. Along with the roads. The mountain road stretch of rt. 44 coming down from Fin, Fur, and Feather to Waterville has been crushed and semi rebuilt over the last couple months. There again, yesterday, Sunday that stretch was one tanker semi after another.
I stopped by my favorite fishing blog the other day, and one of the posts had this in it. Traffic–all of the traffic–Trucks for the water, cars and trucks for the people driving to the well sites, the waste hauler trucks, the well equipment, the chemicals. Chesapeake Energy has stated that they don’t have enough trucks so they are bringing in 5,000 more from Wyoming. This is just going to get worse everyone.
5,000 additional trucks; for just one company. That is a mind-numbing thought; can you imagine the fuel usage for those 5,000 trucks; the carbon emissions for those trucks, and just the smell of the diesel fumes? These trucks aren’t just in operation from 8-5, but rather they are on the road 24×7. All of this additional traffic is also wreaking havoc on the infrastructure. Yes, I know the Gas industry pays for the repairs, and often leaves them better than they were; but at what cost? We need to look at the bigger picture.
Recently, Cornell University published a study showing that the Natural Gas extraction from Fracking may actually contribute to Climate Change, and it’s easy to see why–but not just from all of the increased traffic, but with the venting of Natural Gas to the atmosphere. Methane is a far more hazardous greenhouse gas; and while we don’t have any actual numbers, it’s possible that up to 7.6% of the total volume of a well is vented to the atmosphere. Some wells actually burn or ‘flare’ the gas; and while that’s not as hazardous; there are still greenhouse gases being contributed.
Our water is in danger, our air is in danger; we’re killing out planet. When do we all start caring? When do we all say ENOUGH!?