|Class 1 Wells - wells used to inject hazardous waste. There are 6 classes of injection wells.|
What I can figure out is that in fracking they blast rock underground from above with enormous amounts of chemicals and water under pressure to release the oil/gas in the rock formation. I think that is fracking. Close enough? However, here is the problem.
According to the DEP there are 180 active Class 1 injection wells in Florida for hazardous waste. Those wells put the nasty water below the boulder zone. So, if we start fucking with the boulder zone, blasting away, won't the wastewater and other crap we inject below it be able to migrate up into our drinking water? Is the boulder zone the bedrock? If not, won't all that pressure activity underground, where the bedrock is, cause fractures above? After all, fracking is causing over 140 earthquakes a year in Oklahoma, a State that only had 1.6 a year before fracking. You can not predict what it will do here with all our injection wells and porous rock.
Now that deep well (deepest in Florida) they are drilling at Virginia Key is starting to make sense. I think it is purely for fracking research. Miami Dade Water and Sewer is trying to recover the cost for it from Tallahassee.
Not a scientist but I would appreciate being enlightened. We know the aquifer groundwater flows like a river (revealed in the now infamous pink water story in Miami New Times - required reading) so a crack in one place will cause havoc everywhere. Won't it? I think that our legislators in Tallahassee are certifiably crazy. One sane Representative, Javier Jose Rodriguez said (page 12 of Miami Herald):
"Passing this bill would effectively lay out a welcome mat for the fracking industry." (HB 191 passed 9-3 in Committee)
|All Classes of wells in Florida. See DEP website for a description of them. They want to FRACK here in a place with all these man-made fractures in our surface. Clusterfuck, really.|
Millions of homes and businesses who are customers of Florida Power & Light will be financing as much as $500 million a year in unregulated natural gas fracking projects conducted by the state’s largest utility, state regulators decided June 18th.
Miami Dade County EVEN did a resolution (Sponsored by Daniella Levine Cava) opposing fracking and voted unanimously against fracking.