Saturday, Oct 22nd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Fracking Runs Afoul of Hometown U.S.A.

Fracking Runs Afoul of Hometown U.S.A.

E-mail Print PDF

Cooperstown, NYFilled with nostalgia for hot days and salty sweet Cracker Jacks, each year hundreds of thousands of baseball fans make the pilgrimage to this tiny village in the northern Catskill Mountains to celebrate America's oldest past time.

But Cooperstown's draw goes beyond Doubleday Field and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Its rustic yet sophisticated charm lures city dwellers and out-of-state homesteaders craving fresh air, rural landscapes and down-home attractions. Spend a day in Cooperstown and it's easy to see why novelist James Fenimore Cooper immortalized it in The Leatherstocking Tales.

America's hometown, however, is under siege from an energy industry that threatens its very character and livelihood. And, it's not alone. The extreme form of gas extraction known as fracking is spreading to towns across the U.S., with more than 200,000 wells drilled in just under a decade. With it, the boom brings uncertainties about tainted water, poisoned animals and destroyed landscapes.

The oil and gas takeover of main street communities is cheered on by the usual crowds, including pro-industry groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which favor short-term private gain over the long-term interests of communities. The national groups' views, however, can clash with their local counterparts, such as the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, which see and feel fracking's real-life impacts. They know fracking threatens their neighborhoods, and support bans against the practice. When it comes to politics and baseball, the locals always root for the home team.


Most Recent Related Stories...

6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan; little damage reported

6.6 earthquake in JapanA suspected 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook western Japan's Tottori prefecture Friday afternoon, causing some injuries and property...

Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines as equivalent of Category 4 hurrricane

hurricane hits philippinesSuper Typhoon Haima hit the northeast Philippines on Wednesday, bringing gusts of nearly 200 mph --...

Atchison, Kan., residents urged to shelter in place after chemical spill

MGP spillA spill at the MGP Ingredients Inc. chemical plant in the Kansas city of Atchison has...

To The Surprise Of No One, NASA Predicts 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

  2016 may be hottest yearFollowing the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!