When Science and Politics Collide, Corporations Win

In Azle, Texas, residents gathered for a town meeting to voice concerns about the escalation of earthquakes in their area. Since November 1 of 2013, 28 earthquakes in north Texas have been recorded. The epi centers of the majority of these earthquakes are between two fracking sites.

Image by Mikenorton (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Mikenorton (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The state officials are relying on plausible deniability. One must remember these people were elected after their campaign coffers were filled with contributions from oil and gas companies. The representatives at the meeting in Azle claimed no evidence of a correlation exists between the earthquakes and fracking.

Democratic State Representative Lon Burnam was in the audience. “We are going to go get that gas, no question, about that…(it’s an) economic imperative,” said Burnam, after the meeting. “It’s time, a decade into this, to start doing it right.” He sits on the House Energy Resource Committee, but does not come from Azle’s district.

Lack of answers at earthquake meeting rattles Azle residents

The fracking will continue until the extraction is complete. Any attempt to change this will be met with state “studies” that take years to complete, by which time the corporations will have done the damage to the aquifers and the environment, destabilizing the earth’s crust throughout the area.

What about cleanup? There won’t be any; these are new techniques in mining that have gotten around the regulations and restrictions put in place to protect our health, our water and our land. Our representatives are paving the way for these profit-driven corporations to take over, and use the “it creates jobs” line to sell lies to the public whenever we begin to question what the final outcome might be.

Unless we all stand together and voice opposition. Your choice…

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About MNgranny

MNgranny has been an activist since the age of 17. After earning a BA in Mass Communications and enjoying a 30 year career, she is now disabled and dedicates her life to that activism. Her experiences include volunteering in community service organizations and taking leadership roles throughout her academic and professional life. She is also a survivor of rape and domestic violence, a published author and a master naturalist. She is also a professional member of the United States Press Association. She has focused for the last several years and specializes in Kurdish history, culture and politics.

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