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As one supremely shitty brand of beer once claimed, "It's the water."

Shale gas is released from the rock matrix by the process of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", in which various chemicals are pumped in at high pressure.

Aside from being more expensive/energy intensive than conventional NG, the major catch seems to be what goes down must come up: the chemicals leach back to/near the surface, for enormous pollution potential.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sat May 28th, 2011 at 03:10:22 PM EST
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