Fracking Protest

It’s so easy to sit back in our easy chairs and bemoan the fact that we can’t do anything to alter the course of events. Or we can follow the example of a collection of concerned Polish farmers who opposed the destruction of their local environment by fracking.

They blockaded a site where Chevron proposed to drill test wells for 400 days with farm tractors and organized protests. That was long enough to cause the company to abandon its plans. In addition to fears about polluted wells and seismic tremors, the area where (the obviously evil and stupid) Chevron and others sought to drill happens to be right in the middle of one of Poland’s most biologically diverse regions.

Says one local resident, “It’s one big scam. Nobody informed us about what’s happening. The ex-mayor was useless. He just promised work for everyone but there was nothing. We are not going to work on the well. The people who have agro-tourism businesses know that it’s not beneficial as the environment will be destroyed and people won’t come here anymore.”

Poland is thought to have some of the largest shale gas reserves in Europe, but so far, only about 10% of the wells have been successful, leading many to question the accuracy of those projections. Falling oil prices are also dampening the industry’s enthusiasm for this high risk, highly controversial form of drilling.

So what’s a concerned citizen to do? For one thing, you can educate yourself about the dangers of fracking and share that information with family, friends and co-workers. Or you can sign an online petition asking the US Forest Service not to allow fracking in our national forests. There is also the option of contacting your elected officials to let them know how you feel about fracking. Believe it or not, they actually do listen to the voices of the people. Sometimes.


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Source | Photos: Inhabitat.