I live in the literal seismic epicenter of fracking territory. At the time my mother was born here -northeastern Oklahoma- it was Indian reservation (though her birthplace is now no longer reservation) which basically means the land was/is so shit that the U.S. government thought it worthless and handed it off to people they tried but failed to wipe off the earth. Red dirt country. In my mother’s lifetime, the land here has transformed from being seen as less than nothing to being one of the most valuable in the country, hence the fracking.
We see the same scenario playing out now with the protests over the North Dakota pipeline, which has brought the largest gathering of North American indigenous peoples together -along with environmentally concerned people of all stripes- to fight to preserve the Badlands, throwaway reservation and ranch land that has also suddenly become valuable. Both the fracking here in Oklahoma and the Dakota Access Pipeline are examples of how people can write off the land -and the people living on and working that land- as having no value one minute and then urgently fighting over the untapped, unrecognized resources the next.
There’s more than environmental issues that lie behind the fight over fracking and pipelines. Fracking has brought jobs in a time when people desperately need them. Fracking has lowered the price of natural gas for consumers in the time of a shaky economy, and created energy independence in the U.S. for the first time and also at a time when foreign relations are unraveling. Fracking has also, of course, has led to an increase in earthquakes by about 600% in areas where the fracturing occurs. So, while it isn’t smart to run head first on a massive scale into damaging the land we live on with unknown consequences, there are economic and geopolitical consequences for not doing so that can’t be ignored, either. What do you do when you’re forced to destroy something to save something else?
The devaluing and sudden re-valuing of resources, the bringing together of people with common-unity in the valuing of the earth, the money and politics and polarizing outrage behind all of it… it’s all very Uranus in Taurus. Which is very concerning, considering we are still approximately a year and a half away from Uranus entering Taurus. If this is the financial/political/environmental/spiritual quagmire we find ourselves in now, what surprises are in store once we’re actually in the Uranus in Taurus era? [Read more…]