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The Bakken shale lands as new sacrifice zone for polluting oil & gas extraction. Four voices from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana & North Dakota on dark side of the fracking boom.
All interviews by Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock.
Short film clip from "Boom Behind the Bakken" by University of Montana.
All music by The Desert Dwellers, courtesy of Black Swan Records and desertdwellers.org
Tonight and tomorrow, the blare of gas flares burn over the dry and dryier lands of the Western United States. There is a fracking boom exploding rock ten thousand feet down, and miles all around.
In Colorado, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming villages become overnight towns, big trucks fill small roads, gas floats over prairie and foothills. The last waters in great rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers is poisoned, 50,000 years worth in ten years, billions of gallons a day. It kills the ground it touches, or disappears forever into subterranean Earth.
As climate change works against the browning landscape of the American West, crazed humans use all the water they can find to make still more methane and carbon dioxide, to make more money with oil and gas.
We will go to those sacrifice zones. You will hear four voices. The ranchers and a native American woman are part of an organization calling for regulations and safety protection, instead of a the enabling state where fossil fuel companies control the capital, selling the dream of wealth to the people, while their environment careens beyond reclamation. Farming may collapse, and without drinking water, communities will eventually leave too.
It's happening all over the world, the invasion of the well-drillers, coming as close as 500 feet to homes, like-it-or-not. Ask the disgusted from Queensland Australia about the fracking blight, or coal seam gas, as they would say. Get ready Britain, where the government sees fracking as salvation. Eastern Europe will be conquered and fracked.
People all over North America, and all over the world, need to listen to our speakers today. Because when it's gone, it's gone.