The new book authored by Dr. Tom Hayden, “Fracked In The Barnett Shale”, is really one of the first in-depth examinations of this little understood category of the oil & gas industry. The purpose of the book is to provide some little known insight into this process.
Fracking is the technological breakthrough that fractures shale by hydraulic pressure releasing vast quantities of oil and gas. Unless strictly regulated, fracking also releases deadly toxins such as benzene, into the air and the freshwater aquifers.
The author reports that State and Federal Regulators are underfunded, and controlled by massive political contributions from the Oil & Gas Industry. No balance is possible under these circumstances. By the time they could be reformed, irreversible environmental damage, and many lives will be lost. This is why the immediate battle falls on environmental groups and local communities under siege from fracking.
Dr. Hayden has applied his background in mathematics, physics, and especially mathematical biology, with 60 peer reviewed articles, to bring new factual information to the front line troops. The 16 Chapters of “Fracked In The Barnett Shale”, (www.frackedinthebarnettshale.com), includes topics on: Ozone Pollution Problems, small particle pollution, health hazards to fracking employees, Benzene and Breast Cancer, Formaldehyde Pollution and Nosebleeds, potential water pollution, fracking chemicals and endocrine disorders, and even seismic activity caused by fracking.
Dr. Tom Hayden takes the position that it is not right that the burden of fracking should fall on children who ingest more toxins per body weight than adults through rapid breathing. It is not right that women should pay the extra price through breast cancer, because they retain more benzene than men. It is also not right that poor minorities should pay into the health costs of fracking, because they cannot fight the drilling next door. Future generations will pay for fracking after O & G plugs are abandoned on wells that will later-on leak into the aquifer.
At what risk is economic growth acceptable, when people may die as a result of its concomitant pollution?