Deep Water Fracking: Drill Baby Drill

So we are destined to see great things happen now that the Reds are in control of both federal nuthouses.

T’ell with all those regulations and other impediments to profits that might hold back the invisible hand of progress forever!

So look for some new menu items you never, ever would have thought humanity would choose for itself, included full speed ahead (aka Drill baby Drill) in the deep oceans. It’s been going on for some while, but not at the pace you can look for over the coming years. If you live on the Gulf Coast, you’ll want to do your homework.

But why not? You don’t even need to worry about pesky neighbors who complain about the earthquakes, the noxious noise or smells or heavy trucks or flammable faucets.

And all of that fracking fluid (still necessary to break apart the shale under the ocean)? Why its only Democrats who disagree with the notion that the solution to pollution is dilution. The GOP knows better! And who’s going to know anyway–at least while the fox is guarding the henhouse?

At least another couple of decades of fossil fuel addiction? Bring it on!

Offshore fracking: Questions about its extent, oversight

Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling – Bloomberg

A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle / Yale Environment 360 


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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Pissed-off are we? You’d think someone whose been around the solar orbit so many times would realize an emotional, derogatory response is a particularly weak avenue to influence others.

  2. Disappointed in all forms of leadership? Why yes.

    Influence? I can’t recall that the view from the very low orbit above Goose Creek has changed anybody’s perspective but my own.

    I perhaps foolishly reserve the right to express emotions other than enrapturement with the wildflowers. Not that they’re not lovely though withered, all, and leaving a world of gray and dun, grayer with the notion that the way forward now tips towards “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” as President Mr. Reagan once said while flying over a majestic forest that just looked like so much timber to him. Meanwhile, how ya doing, Con?

  3. I agree with Fred. His values remind me of Ammon Hennacy, a “one-man revolution in America” in the mid-20th century. Hennacy kept getting arrested for his frequent Ban the Bomb protests and one time the judge asked him, “Mr. Hennacy, you don’t really think you’re going to change the world, do you?” To which Hennacy replied, “Maybe not, judge, but I’m going to be real sure it doesn’t change me, either!”
    And Yes, ALL of us should be well and truly pissed off at the way things are going. Well written, Fred!

  4. My coastal California town is going to vote in March on whether to allow slant drilling from our beach to do deep water fracking. You should hear the outrage! I can’t believe our voters will allow it, but money is trying hard to talk us into it. stay tuned.