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Pipeline proves destructive

Written by: LaMarcus Wilkerson 

Fracking, a technique used to extract natural gas from Earth by drilling at 10,000 ft. below the surface, is destroying our planet.

Local investors have been considering the possibility of building a pipeline that’ll run from Alabama through Lowndes County and stretch into central Florida.

Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E) is a VSU environmental organization that’s making an effort to keep greedy supporters from investing in this forceful extraction process.

Straining Earth’s surface to extract oil is both cruel and abusive.

However, 300,000 barrels of natural gas are produced daily from fracking rigs[EW1] , creating numerous jobs and making petroleum production increasingly profitable.

But is it really worth the risk?

The effect fracking has on Earth is horrendous, and it has the potential to destroy some of our most basic needs.

Many hazardous chemicals such as mercury, radium and lead are blended into fracking mixtures. Since the process takes place underground, the possibility of contaminating fresh water is high.

How are we supposed to survive if our water is tainted? We can’t.

If anyone drinks the venom created by fracking, they will be affected internally. Internal damage from poisonous water can harm the sensory, respiratory, and neurological systems.

Also, fracking fluid can escape from the pipeline and evaporate into the atmosphere, causing the air to be contaminated. We need oxygen to survive.

Even though fracking is an effective technique to produce gas, it is detrimental to our planet’s environmental health. If Earth’s wellbeing is affected, our very lives will be in jeopardy.

I understand that many people are dependent on natural gas. But as technology evolves, we should become less dependent on fossil fuels and invest more in less hazardous sources of natural energy.

A pipeline that reaches deep into the earth isn’t the most pleasant thing to hear about. And I’m pretty sure if you were in Mother Nature’s shoes, you wouldn’t want a tube forced into your belly.


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