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FRACKING THREATENS OUR WATER AND AIR.

A vehicle partially submerged in dry mud is pictured in an area that was hit by floods at Chanaral town

Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting millions of gallons of water with sand and chemicals under high pressure down and across as far as 10,000 feet below the surface. The mixture causes rock layers to crack and open and allow the oil to penetrate the sand particles  so the natural gas from the fracture can flow up the well. Natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels like coal and oil, but not by much. It is mostly methane and it traps heat, it leaks readily and like the residents of Dish, Texas complained, “We have unexplained headaches and sickness in  people and animals since the drillers came to town”. Air quality tests showed high benzene pollution in the area.

But, the big danger is water well contamination  and earthquakes. Thanks to intensive lobbying from then Vice-President Cheney under President George W., Big Oil and Gas is exempt from critical statutes in all major environmental protections, The Safe Drinking Water Act, The Clean Water Act, The Clean Air Act and laws governing the disposal of toxic waste. Pretty Cushy if you are in the oil and gas business, right? And, frackers are allowed to keep secret what chemicals they are pumping into the ground.

How can that be? It’s true.

Now let’s talk about groundwater, supposedly it belongs to everyone. Like the air we breath, it is a life necessity and no one can buy our air and make us pay for it, and so far, we’ve managed to prevent corporations from buying control of our water. They’ve tried, though. In California, we think of our groundwater as a water savings account. We can always get water, right? That too, is beginning to change with high water crops, walnuts, pistachios, almonds draining away mega amounts of water.

3-31-drought

 

The Western United States is typically dry. Our water supply is used from reservoirs because very few natural lakes exist in California. Reservoirs are man made. We’ve kind of kidded ourselves, or the powers that be have, by damming rivers and reducing them to a trickle. Holding water back worked but it  proved to be the wrong way to treat our rivers. And depending on a pipeline that steals water from the north to make the desert bloom in the south, was then and is now a questionable practice. The truth is that California groundwater would always save us in a drought. Now, that water is in big danger, we need to rethink that.  Fracking is only part of it. But, it is the most dangerous part of it.

More tomorrow.

 

 


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Santa Rosa Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 1

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome on Historic Route 66 about 125 miles from Albuquerque to Santa Rosa Lake State Park, New Mexico. I expect to be here through the weekend.

If you are a regular follower of my Blog, you may recall that I’m in the process of a two-year circumnavigation of the United States…my sixth. Whenever possible I try to drive on roads I’ve not driven before. I also like to drive historic roadways whenever they are on my way. Yesterday I drove in an easterly direction from Albuquerque. The only downside when driving east with an early morning departure is you are looking directly into the sun…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

The traffic on Route 66 was light because Interstate Highway 40 closely parallels it to the North…left in the next photo. I could see it, but it doesn’t show well because of the brilliant sun. If you look just left of Route 66 at the horizon you can see it…

I arrived safely at Santa Rosa Lake State Park after 3 hours and 15 minutes of driving…

I always like to show the view from the dinette window wherever I park overnight. Here it’s not terribly inspiring…just the top of a bush and an RV across the road…

Standing in the doorway of the motorhome I have a peek-a-boo view of the lake about one-half mile away…

It doesn’t matter because after being in the noise of Albuquerque for the last few days, I’m here for the peace and quiet that all New Mexico State Parks seem to offer.

I expect to be entering West Texas in about 10 days and spend the colder weeks of this coming Winter season deep in South Texas hiding out from the cold weather. I’ll use some of my time here to do research, using maps, books and the Internet, to identity likely prospective routes and things/places not too be missed along the way. As I tell folks…It’s a lousy job, but someones got to do it!  🙂

Enjoying historic highways is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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HORSESHOE LAKES THOUSAND TRAILS

Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Trails is located about ten miles east of Clinton, IN. Its a beautiful park with several lakes, beautiful play areas, pool, lodge and the usual amenities. The rules here state TAKE NO CATFISH UNDER 21 INCHES LONG.
Methinks there are some pretty big fish in the lakes. We see permanent campsites here, a new trend with 1000 Trails. People bring their boats.
The scene above is adjacent to the motor home.

Yesterday was windy and cool and vibrant, especially at night. I took photos at several times during the day as we walked around, and a one at night as well.

Beautiful trees reflected on the lake.

It was so beautiful last night, I took a night walk just as the sun was beginning to set. I could see ducks on the water and the breeze was cool and refreshing.

Same view from the motor home over the lake as it got dark. Its nice to have a place to relax and hold up for awhile just before we head across country back to California for the rest of the year.
Today, we intend to visit nearby Clinton to see what’s going on in town.

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