Local Author Discusses Fracking and Consequences for PA
On Thursday September 12, 2013 a local author named Walter M. Brasch visited the Barnes and Nobel bookstore in downtown Wilkes-Barre to discuss his book on fracking and just what facking is. Fracking can be two different things, vertical and horizontal. The vertical type fracking has been around 60 years while horizontal has been around only 10 years. “Horizontal fracking is much more dangerous and is basically sticking a long pipe two miles down in the earth to eliminate rock and release gas,” Brasch said.
Fracking has caused many dangerous events on the earth including 110 earthquakes in the Youngstown, OH area in the last two years. “The cause of unnatural phenomena has not stopped Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett who wants to make Pennsylvania more like Texas when it comes to fracking,” Brasch said. The governor believes that 240 new jobs were created because of fracking but it hurts Pennsylvania’s economy because the workers are not from Pennsylvania and thus do not pay taxes in Pennsylvania.
Fracking can also be dangerous because of the fact that methane of natural gas is more potent than carbon dioxide and gases that are coming out of coal mines. In his book Brasch writes that money is not being spent on renewable resources but rather being invested in natural gas. Brasch also said, “Thirty-two percent of all natural gas is flared.” This is a very high number and goes to show that renewable resources can be more beneficial when it comes to which gas choice you use.
Pennsylvania has been very influential in the gas and oil community. They owned the first commercial oil well, first anthracite coal well, first commercial gas well, first state to have timber, and the first commercial nuclear plant. They are also one of the first states to have fracking.
While Brasch is against natural gas because of the damage it causes, he has it in his home. “I have natural gas in my own home because of the money invested in it,” Brasch said. Does this mean natural gas might not be all bad? Is Pennsylvania doing the right thing by investing money in natural gas? Despite the fact Brasch chooses to have natural gas in his own home that does not mean he is all the way there when it comes to supporting it. “There are no benefits at all to fracking,” Brasch said. “In the end Pennsylvania is just going to be worse.”