Fracking Sinkholes

This post was originally published by Chip Northrup at No Fracking Way | No Fracking Way.

“Subsidence,” the euphemism frackers use to describe the earth buckling beneath your feet – or house – is not uncommon in Frackland. One of the biggest ones is at Wink, Texas, “The Atlantis of West Texas” otherwise famous as the birthplace of the late great Roy Orbison.

The current champ is devouring Bayou Corne faster than an angry gator.

If you want one of these in your phenoms in your community as a tourist attraction, just turn an empty salt dome into a gas storage facility, pump that sucker up and then release the pressure. Post some “NO SMOKING SIGNS” about every 5 feet. Then stand back. About 3 miles.

Meet the town that’s being swallowed by a sinkhole. 

What could possibly go wrong when miners, frackers, and drillers reshape the geology beneath our feet? Talk to the evacuees of Bayou Corne, Louisiana…

Bayou Corne is the biggest ongoing industrial disaster in the United States you haven’t heard of. In addition to creating a massive sinkhole, it has unearthed an uncomfortable truth: Modern mining and drilling techniques are disturbing the geological order in ways that scientists still don’t fully understand. Humans have been extracting natural resources from the earth since the dawn of mankind, but never before at the rate and magnitude of today’s petrochemical industry. And the side effects are becoming clear.

It’s not just sinkholes and town-clearing natural gas leaks: Recently, the drilling process known as fracking has been linked to an increased risk of earthquakes.Mother Jones. 15 August 2013.

There’s a town down there somewhere . . . Wink. “The Atlantis of West Texas”

wink sinkhole

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