Saturday, March 9, 2013

Does anyone have a list of ALL the various impacts of Fracking?

Fracking's impacts to living things:

Has anyone tried to map this out?
I'm looking for a concise list.

High Level Categories would be like this:
  • Vertical Drilling
  • Horizontal Drilling
  • Fracking
    • trucks
    • 24x7 noise
      • psychological stress
    • silica dust
      • lung cancer
    • water consumption / aquifer depletion
    • etc.
  • Drill Pad
  • Compressor Station Construction
  • Compressor Station operation
  • Pipeline construction
  • Pipeline operation
  • Chemical production and storage
  • ...
Other categories?

(I created some 2nd level categories under the top-level "fracking" as an example,
and a couple of final impacts to living things)

The very last node under each tree would be specific health or quality-of-life
to individual persons, communities, fish, birds, land animals,
forests, ecosystems, etc.

The other way of mapping this out is to start with the various
impacts, then trace back to all the possible vectors, like:

"Headaches" -> could be caused by both truck noise, and also compressor station emissions.
"Forest Segmentation" -> could be caused by both access roads for well pads, and also pipelines.

If you know of any such lists, please send them my way:


May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

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