It’s being said fracking in the Mahoning Valley
will be an economic boom
and bring in much-needed jobs.
In depressed areas like ours
lots of people respond, “Drill Baby Drill.”
When entering a region, fracking companies
grossly overestimate the number of jobs
that will be locally created.
Actually, most of the fracking jobs
are short-lived (lasts about a year),
and the high-paying jobs go to transient,
out-of-state workers with specialized skills.
The parking lot of the Carizzo Oil & Gas Company
that recently located at the end of my street
is full of cars with license plates
from: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana
Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
I’m thinking, lies about impending jobs
don’t “Fulfill Baby Fulfill.”
Workers in the oil & natural gas industries
are seven times as likely to die on the job
as the workers in other industries.
47% of all oil and natural gas workers
breathe air that exceeds the safe
breathing limits for silica dust.
Between 2003-2008 the number of fatalities
in the industries grew by more than 41%.
Many oil & gas industry trucks
crash due to poor maintenance.
The Pennsylvania State Police, inspected
2,200 oil and gas industry trucks
between 2009 and February 2012
and 40% had to be removed from the road
because they were too unsafe to drive.
People are “Ill Baby Ill.”
In fracking areas around the USA
there are reports of poisoned drinking water,
polluted air, mysterious animal deaths,
industrial disasters and explosions.
We’ve had 12 earthquakes in Youngstown
since the D&L Energy disposal well
began operations in December 2010.
Despite all these “Fraccidents.”
areas welcome lying dangerous
oil & gas companies.
“Bitter Pill Baby Bitter Pill.”
While natural gas is said to be a needed resource
it should be noted it wastes something that is more needed.
I’m talking about the precious resource known as water.
Up to seven million gallons of water
are needed to frack a single well.
This is insane considering parts of our country
are experiencing a very serious drought.
One would think drinking water
was more important than fracking water
but the public’s thirst is overshadowed
by the oil & gas companies thirst for profits.
“Shekels Baby Shekels.”
Truckloads of chemicals
make up the toxic cocktail
that is poured by tons into wells.
Of 632 chemicals used
in natural gas operations
25 percent can cause cancer;
37 percent can disrupt the endocrine system;
more than 40 percent can affect the brain
and more than 75 percent can impair the eyes,
intestines, and respiratory system.
Many of the chemicals used
have not even been tested
for their health and environmental risks.
The local newspaper editors and radio talk show hosts
call anyone opposed to cancer causing chemicals
a tree hugging environmentalist wacko.
That’s because the media talking heads
are corporate “Shills Baby Shills.”
Does anyone believe our government
is more interested in protecting our safety
then of collecting campaign contributions?
Deep drilling has very deep pockets
as the fracking industry has invested $20.5 million
in campaign donations to members of Congress
and spent almost three-quarters of a billion dollars
on national lobbying during the past decade.
They have poured many millions more
into front groups and PR campaigns.
The politicians pass oil & gas industry subsidies
as well as favorable and industry friendly regulations.
This all happens because our “representatives”
respond best to more and more
“Dollar Bills Baby Dollar Bills.”
Despite the increase in U.S. fracking sites,
the number of inspections has decreased.
The number of drilling rigs rose
by more than 22 percent in 2011
from the previous year,
but the number of inspections
at work sites fell by 12 percent.
This is because of the laws
written by oil & gas lobbyists
that the corporate owned politicians passed
that weaken local/national government agencies
whose job it is to protect and regulate
for the common good of the people.
These agencies workers are hogtied
and given a rubber stamp
so the oil & gas industry
can continue to trash our country.
“Lobbyist Bills Baby Lobbyist Bills.”
As for fracking turning
around the US economy
The fracking industry might soon
pack up shop and head to China
land of cheap labor and a dirty environment.
China anticipates overtaking the US
in shale gas production as soon as 2015.
Our own government helped China
by signing the US-China Initiative in 2009.
It aids China’s technical expertise in fracking.
Chinese concerns for the planet are
“Abysmal Baby Abysmal.”
Fracking, like nuclear energy is a really bad idea
as it’s shortsighted and driven by big corporate money.
The fracking of America is about
health, environmental, economic,
and natural-resource issues.
It is also about something even bigger.
It is about who is in charge of our society.
Is it we the people or the profit driven corporations?
If we decide profit trumps everything
we will continue to let corporations rape the Earth
and send our sons and daughter off to wars
that profit only their corporate interests.
We’ve got to change this horror story
into an up lifting happy ending story.
Where there is a will
there is a way.
It’s way past time we get
the “Will Baby Will.”
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It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. ~ Ansel Adams