Raleigh, NC—Earlier this month, activists with Earth First!blockaded the North Carolina facility of a company involved in hydrofracking for oil and gas. According to Earth First!, this action is the start of a coordinated effort to target businesses involved with the controversial fracking industry.
Following this action by Croatan Earth First!—a group based in central North Carolina—a new online resource, FrackIndustry.org, was also launched. The website provides detailed information, including addresses of offices and facilities operated by companies such as Carbo Ceramics, US Silica, Rainbow Ceramics, Northern Frac Proppants, andMomentive, the target of this month’s blockade in Morganton, N.C.
Croatan Earth First! says Momentive is a prime example, being one of the largest worldwide distributors of “resin coated proppants,”a necessary component for fracking. Each stage of the industrial process requires approximately 136 tons of the proppants.
Fracking, or Hydraulic Fracturing, has repeatedly been shown to poison ground water, first by pumping huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals deep into the earth to fracture rock releasing oil and gas, and again by deep-well injecting the remaining waste. Fracking has also been linked by experts to recent earthquakes in Ohio, Arkansas and Texas.