Sunday, March 25, 2012

USDA Drops Plan to Review Environmental Impact of Fracking in Mortgage Approval Process

Activist Post

Despite the fracking process being shown to compromise air quality and cause cancer, as well as being a possible source of an increase in earthquakes, The U.S. Department of Agriculture has dropped the plan to require an extensive environmental review before approving mortgages to people who plan to use the land for oil and gas drilling. (Source)

As investigative journalist, Greg Palast, explains below this not only poses an incredible risk to drinking water, but it directly puts the government on the line for homes they guarantee the mortgages to that could be affected by fracking near or under their houses -- essentially putting the taxpayer at risk once again.  Moreover, by declaring these homes safe, homeowners themselves may not have full recourse if a problem is discovered that makes their home virtually worthless. 

You might agree or disagree with solutions surrounding the now co-opted term of "sustainability," but clearly this is a real environmental problem being swept under the carpet by the same big industry players such as Halliburton, which has been instrumental in putting the planet at risk on a number of levels including depleted uranium.



Additional resources about the dangers of fracking:
Gasland The Movie
We're Fracked! And Other Horrid Tales
Thyroid cancer, fracking and nuclear power



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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't HAVE to wait for the USDA to do anything about it, why wait on them?? If this is going on close to your house, just sabotage their fucking drill sites. If they aren't going to give a fuck about you, and are willing to put you and or your family's health/life at risk for some money then why not do something about it? Fuck these politicians, and "Regulation" agencies, they don't give a fuck either...shit wouldn't fly around my house...

Anonymous said...

It is not that easy. Then you become the criminal, and go to jail. Nothing happens to them.We know we live right next to one, and get sick daily. So what else can you do?

Anonymous said...

Your boys are here in Australia and are fracking like crazy. Our government are huge sellouts.

Anonymous said...

wow russian times again. Does american media cover up everything for their best mates.

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