08 Jun '11, 2pm

Commenter on new Orion mag #fracking story says drillers are seeking permits in NW Ireland

My state, Michigan, literally floats on a layer of ancient waters that, in turn, run over and permeate layers of sedimentary rock that slant upwards from Lake Huron in the east to Lake Michigan. The dramatic dunes of our western coast (the longest system of freshwater dunes in the world) perch on this fossil-filled sedimentary layer. The Upper Peninsula is crisscrossed by waterways that all empty into the Great Lakes too. Many are likewise fed by deep ancient waters that arise in springs: from the rough waterfall-laced highlands in the west, some of the oldest exposed igneous rock formations on the planet, plundered for minerals and sulfide-mined even now in spite of the proven irrevocable damage such a process does to the waterways it uses, to the dramatic sandstone cliffs, marshlands and fens in the east, All through the state, along roadsides where people stop to collec...

Full article: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/discuss/6267

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