WurthMABy Sister M. Alan Wurth, ASC

So what’s all the noise about fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a type of commercial drilling that’s been around for 65 years?

Fracking, combined with something called horizontal drilling, has made extraction of U.S. oil and natural gas easier, resulting in a surge in their production.

Is that good? Let’s take a look.

The advanced drilling technology allows for deeper wells with horizontal arms. Large volumes of water mixed with sand and chemicals are forced under high pressure into those horizontal oil wells to fracture oil-containing rock formations.

More oil and gas production boost the economy and create more jobs, so the theory goes.

But is there a downside?

It is becoming more apparent that the burning of oil, gas and other fossil fuels extracted from the ground is warming our planet, our common home, our only home.

In addition, a disturbing rise in earthquakes in oil-and-gas-producing Oklahoma is being blamed on the state’s fracking industry. Oklahoma now surpasses California as the most seismically active state in the U.S. And with the nation’s largest commercial oil storage hub in the small Oklahoma town of Cushing, experts say earthquake disturbance could pose a national security risk.

As an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, I care about the environment because this care is a lived expression of recreating the “beautiful order which the Son of God came to establish in Earth.”  To be a prophetic witness to the beauty of creation, I must speak out about issues which destroy this order, and I must continually try to model a life of reconciliation, simplicity and harmony.

For more information, see: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-23/oklahoma-earthquakes-are-a-national-security-threat 


 

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