Ohio has become the new Texas with the oil and gas drilling boom consuming much of eastern Ohio. Most of the media attention around fracking has focused on the environmental impacts – flammable tap water, earthquakes in Ohio, or toxic drinking water, to name a few. Nasty stuff, to be sure.
But the physical dangers to people in the area of the wells, workers and others, is also a big fracking problem. I saw this article today about a worker at a well in Noble County, Ohio who died after an explosion. I suspect we will start to see more and more unfortunate, but preventable, injuries in the fracking industry in the coming months and years.
What does this mean to you:
Though the energy companies promise jobs and increased economic opportunities to the communities they invade, the costs – in terms of both environmental and human loss – continue to mount.