The Oil Run is a community outreach effort to bring awareness to the negative environmental impact, despite the perceived benefits of fracking, and the major issues concerning the effects and after effects of urban drilling, hydraulic fracking & the disposal of waste water injection wells.
With over 1 million wells in existence throughout the United States today trillions of gallons of water have been depleted from our natural resources to run these wells. Billions of gallons of chemicals are also needed to run these wells and as the waste water is created throughout the process operators are disposing the toxic, contaminated water back into the ground. The toxic water is eventually making its way back to the surface while what remaining fresh water aquifers we do have remaining underground are at risk of contamination.
The injection process not only contaminates the natural surroundings but it also acts as a lubricant that causes ground movement which has an adverse effect on the local infrastructure as experienced in a record number of earthquake occurrences in Oklahoma and as in Texas.
Although there are other areas of industrialization causing emissions the fracking procedures utilized to extract our fossil fuels may become one of the top causes of global warming. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently stated that the annual growth rate of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose more in 2015 than scientists have ever seen in a single year. The compounded effect of the continued methane leaks seeping from existing gas wells and continued fossil fuel exploration, along with the continued spike in CO2, seems to be having a drastic effect on our recent climate changes.
We must seek alternatives and find a balance for the sake of preservation of the environment, our natural resources and mankind. It is time for renewable energy sources to implement a tremendous push and begin campaigning to enable us to break free from fossil fuels. Now is your chance to become part of history! Blood is Thicker than Oil….and Gas!
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