Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:59
(Please. I beg you. If you don't like puns, for God's sake and for yours, skip this post! Worse, if you love puns but your knowledge of arcane expressions does not extend backwards more than a few decades you will no doubt damage your scalp from head scratching. Don't say I didn't warn you.) Like many well established think tanks and advocacy organizations, the Environmental Defence (for some reason my browser's speller prefers "defence" to "defense") Fund sponsors fellowships and internships. The EDF, like Greenpeace, tends to be a tad on the radical side of things, and so they tend to busy themselves in unproductive activities. This does not mean that their fellows lack appropriate academic or experiential credentials, mind you. And so it may come as no surprise that the EDF is concerned, along with many other such organizations, with the potential environmentally damaging effects of 21st century resource exploration and harvesting technologies. Shale oil and horizontal fracking (also known by the longer "fracturing") greatly boosts the efficiency and productivity of deep underground wells. Fears of ground water contamination and instability of the terrain notwithstanding, the safety records of these wells have generally been exemplary. Nevertheless, accidents do happen, including, at times, freakish ones. Thus when a recent EDF fellow had fallen into a sink hole near a known shale oil exploration site, the New York Times and the Daily Caller, normally at odds with each other, could not resist the temptation to title their news item, "Shale well fellow met!"