Is frack waste in the soil sickening Lower Saxony?
The otherwise bucolic north German region of Neidersachen has become the epicenter of coal bed methane gas drilling activity – or “fracking” as it is known there, too. Sadly, ARD Munich reports that Benzene leakage from Exxon Mobil’s waste pipelines may be causing cancer clusters among residents in nine households. Since 2007, the company has known of problems with the PE pipelines used to transport produced frack waste water underground. Over the span of four years, ExxonMobil has remediated over 2,500 tons of highly carcinogenic, polluted soil yet waste transport continues unabated as Germany, like so many other nations, strives for Energy Independence.
Renate Krother, a concerned Neidersachen resident, is shocked by this multi-national conglomerate’s careless disregard for environmental and human health risks, “An informed corporation, they have people who have studied, those are experts. And yet they are proceeding so unprofessionally. Profit is placed before security… It makes one speechless.”
Frankly, if uber-techie Germany can’t “get gas right” it doesn’t bode well for the rest of us! To learn more about opposition to fracking in Germany, in German, visit: www.gegen-gasbohren.de or simply show some solidarity and “Like” the Gegen-Gasboren Facebook Page.