As oil stocks run low extracting oil from shale, or fracking, is the
energy buzz of the year.It's happening worldwide, and in the USA in 34
states. But with environmental and health risks, is it worth it?
Texas they're used to big oil; for generations it has helped to forge
the formidable Texas character. But spreading out across the state is
the controversial process of fracking. It involves injecting huge
quantities of water and chemicals into the ground, which shatter the
shale and release gas and oil. It's part of an accelerated quest within
the US for energy independence, to loosen reliance on the Middle East
and shoot for homegrown solutions to energy demand. For those working in
the industry it's creating rapid wealth and shows no sign of slowing
down. "Every day, probably to the end of this world, we'll keep
drillin'", says one rig worker. But with otherwise residential
neighbourhoods becoming industrial zones, this dangerous process is
starting to take a serious toll on the health of local residents.
"They're here to rape this land, make as much money as they can and get
the hell out of here", says a North Dakota farmer who blames fracking
for her failing health. As this process gains momentum across America,
fracking is fast becoming a dirty word.
A Film By ABC Australia, Distributed By Journeyman Pictures, March 2012 Watch at Journeyman or downlaod: www.journeyman.tv