Fracking for helium in Arizona

Tom writes, "Arizona is poor in natural gas, so you'd think it would escape the fracking controversy. Maybe not. The Copper State is one of the best places in the world to find helium, which has been in short supply. The catch is, it takes fracking to mine it. The pipeline company Kinder Morgan paid $30 million last year for fields rich in helium, and also CO2, which is used to pump the last drops of oil from old wells in Texas and New Mexico. Arizona may have rich, frackable deposits of shale oil, too. The Navajo Oil & Gas Co. has applied for a permit to do some exploring."

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  1. I remember reading that in the future the corporations will own the water and that water will be the "new oil"
    One of the ways to make the water you control more valuable is to contaminate the water that you don't control.

    Fracking taints water supplies. So Arizonans might want to think about the impact of a tainted water supply. Or not.

  2. Seriously, thank you for calling me out on this. In reading my comments from yesterday, I realize I was being a bit of a jackass. I've never lived full time in AZ as an adult, just extended time working remotely when I had some family issues to handle, and otherwise visiting. Most of the time I lived there was in my youth, part time when I wasn't living in Michigan.

    So, if I'm a quitter from anywhere, it's Michigan (which has its own issues as well). In terms of Arizona, I'm an internet jackass whose qualifications to bitch about local politics come from what I've seen in national news and being otherwise disillusioned by my very conservative family who live there. I fell victim to the very sort of anecdotal crap I yell at my dad (who lives in South Phoenix and listens to right wing talk radio all day while getting virtually no outside input from any other people who disagree with him) for when he bases his opinions on nothing else.

    Seriously, I apologize for being a jackass. Thank you for working on things. If you ever have a reason to visit the DC area (specifically Maryland, but really the whole area), I'm doing the same here. Sometimes it's just easy to get frustrated, and the internet is a good place to take out my impotent rage.

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