R U Frackin’ Me, Cold Wax & Oil, with Copper, painting by Jude Lobe.
Hydraulic fracturing is the fracturing of rock by a pressurized liquid. Induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure into a wellbore to create small fractures, along which fluids such as gas, petroleum, uranium-bearing solution, and brine water may migrate to the well.
Fracking has been in the news a lot recently, most recently with the water contamination in West Virginia. Environmental groups alleged that the spill is part of an increasingly dangerous chemical threat called “fracking” – using chemicals to mine hard rock for oil and natural gas. Investigators in West Virginia found that the released chemical (4-methylcyclohexane methanol )had traveled through the ground and into the Elk River, leaching into the water just a mile above the West Virginia American Water Company plant that supplies large parts of the region with clean water.
The chemical was legally stored ib tanks located upstream from the drinking water intake. It was contained in “rusty and old” tanks. Safety concerns related to MCHM and other chemicals used by the coal industry have been raised before.
Fracking could possibly exercised safely, if, and that’s a big IF, there was regular enforcement and safe restrictions applied. However, the local governments and US congress don’t seem to want to put any pressures on those companies that made significant contributions to their elections, in my opinion. Which, to me, doesn’t seem to make much sense, because they drink, bathe, and cook with the same water the rest of us do. You would think they’d want to be sure there would be no contamination and if something did occur like in West Virginia, there was a plan in place to deal with the disaster.
So all this talk about Fracking had me working on the above piece, which I call “R U FRACKIN’ ME“. It is a Cold Wax & Oil painting of an abstract landscape at the top, with heat-torched and forged copper beneath and river rocks affixed to the copper and substrate. It is presently displayed at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Hillsborough, NC. Hillsborough Gallery is now featuring a show, RIVER, which displays artworks from Orange County Artist Guild members that were part of the book, RIVER. Original artwork from the book and the book are on sale. All proceeds go to the Haw River Assembly.
The Haw River Assembly is a 501(c)(3) non-profit citizens’ group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, and to build a watershed community that shares this vision The scenic 110 mile Haw River is at the headwaters of the Cape Fear River Basin.