Just because fracking (which is the popular term for hydraulic fracturing [which is the popular term for injecting a poisonous cocktail of high-pressure streams of trade-secret ingredients into the ground] in the quest for harvesting a lucrative crop of natural gas) is a controversial process that has been linked to increased earthquake activity as well as drinking water contamination, does not mean it is all bad. There are also benefits, such as the small amount of jobs it can temporarily create for some specialized workers, and the potential profits that would go to out-of-state companies.

So don’t get all tremulous about what may or may not (or may) happen at home. Our representatives would never endanger our natural resources for the sake of outside interests. Remember that frackers are people like you and me: sons and mothers, and all kinds of others. No wonder the state legislature fast-tracked the frack-track to give these sons-of-businesses and mother-frackers a chance to shake things up for all of us.

Cartoon originally published in the Asheville, NC alt weekly paper, “The Mountain Xpress”.

© 2014 – Brent Brown, Brent Brown Graphix