We live on a peninsula of limestone. Limestone is very porous and not exactly a hard dense rock. It can easily crack and fissure, especially while being hammered or drilled. Contained within our limestone base is our fresh water supply that feeds our springs and lakes. Below our aquifer system there are a few oil deposits and gas pockets.
As you can see there are a limited number of potential fields. Aside from the inherent dangers of fracking, many of these locations happen to be in or very near environmentally sensitive areas.
The aquifer is a huge underground network of inter connected caverns that makes up a majority of Florida’s fresh water and drinking supply. Not only would a single spill put this resource at great risk, but no one has been able to answer my question of how it gets cleaned up when the unthinkable happens.
What is hydraulic fracking? It is the combination of high pressure water (lots of it) with a list of chemicals that the industry has repeatedly fought to keep a “trade secret” directed into the and through the limestone, through the aquifer, and back into limestone to pockets of detected gas. The intention is to fracture the bedrock to release the gas.
What is acid fracking? This is similar to hydraulic but instead incorporates the use of specific acids to “dissolve” the rock to access the pockets of gas.
After Deep Water Horizon and the complete and total failure of both government and industry to deal with an open water catastrophe. I am not at all comfortable with the prospect of an “incident” of any magnitude happening anywhere near our aquifer.