This story is disturbing, if sadly not surprising.
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.
The scary thing here is that we can't afford to be mistaken when it comes to contamination of our water supplies. Because once the water's contaminated with trillions of gallons of toxic liquids, there won't be any way to un-contaminate them. The result? According to Mario Salazar, "an engineer who worked for 25 years as a technical expert with the EPA’s underground injection program in Washington," will be that "[a] lot of people are going to get sick, and a lot of people may die.” Does that unacceptable cost seem worth the supposed "benefit" of getting perhaps a few years of additional natural gas out of the ground? We certainly don't think so.