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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

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One response to “Providence TD Bank protests growing, impacting business”

  1. Johnnie

    The Native-American resisters to DAPL are concerned with protecting the surface drinking water supply of the Missouri River from contamination – as they should be.

    But what is not being addressed – and won’t be in the elite’s media – is that fracking is polluting groundwater and aquifers with carcinogens and neurotoxins in parts of this country and Canada where hydrolytic fracturing is taking place.

    Ask Gina, Meg and Janet, who fancy themselves as enlightened, if they want their children drinking this water?

    The scientists can and will study this issue of fracking and water pollution to death, but who will listen?

    Who but the morally indifferent believe that you can drill wells into shale deposits, and use high-pressure water and “proprietary” chemicals (carcinogens) to fracture (alter) these subterranean deposits to release oil and gas without consequences? How can these chemicals and the by-products of fracturing not enter and contaminate the groundwater and aquifers? And how can you alter the subterranean shale deposits without consequences? It defies logic. We already know that hydrolytic fracturing is leading to more and more earthquakes, but it is also being ignored or marginalized by the media elites and their mouthpieces.

    Here are some peer-reviewed studies from Scientific American, but you can find many more:

    “Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground.
    No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.
    There are growing signs they were mistaken.
    Records from disparate corners of the United States show that wells drilled to bury this waste deep beneath the ground have repeatedly leaked, sending dangerous chemicals and waste gurgling to the surface or, on occasion, seeping into shallow aquifers that store a significant portion of the nation’s drinking water.”
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-fracking-wastewater-wells-poisoning-ground-beneath-our-feeth/

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/epa-finds-fracking-compound-wyoming-aquifer/
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fracking-can-contaminate-drinking-water/

    Present these studies to the governor, the EFSB, the GA and labor leaders, who say they want to create 300 temporary jobs. Ask them if they are concerned with where the fracked gas for the Burrillville power plant will come from, or with the people who live on top of these fracked wells – or with the nation’s water supply? Ask them what they have read about climate change and fracked oil and gas?

    This is what the boorish, narcissistic and “enlightened” elite look like when they are stripped of all their pretenses and posturing.

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