It was announced yesterday that the Central Belt of Scotland (home to me) is, despite only modest levels of oil and shale gas reserves, ripe for fracking.
According to the Ecologist, some the dangers of fracking include :
Pollution of local waterways - once they are polluted, they cannot be un-polluted
The toxins in the water can cause liver and kidney damage
Methane has seeped into an contaminated the drinking water supply in a small Pennsylvanian town.
America has been warned, at some point, it may have to choose between energy or clean water!
A family in Texas have been awarded $3m compensation for the suffering to their health (past present and future), the damage to their livestock on their ranch and the decrease in value to their property. Anyone seen Erin Brochovich??? Have we (the world, we) learnt nothing?
In the US where fracking is in operation, citizens have experienced 'faucet fires' whereby the water is so toxic that it is flammable! Livestock has been poisoned - that's livestock reared to feed the nation.
No thanks to fracking in Scotland. The Scottish government doesn't want it. Bulgaria and France have already banned fracking. Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland have halted any further exploration, due to environmental factors, public petitions and objections, and until there are further studies proving its safety. Yet the UK Government seem hell bent on pushing for this unstable form of energy, when we have an abundance of renewable energy surrounding our island (wind and tidal), which, although wont provide 100% of all energy requirements, we could be looking at and investing in alternatives. Or, here's a radical thought, USE LESS energy!!! Think about how much energy is wasted willy-nilly in homes and work places across the country. I'm not suggesting for a minute that we return to the days of old, nights by candle light and powercuts, but sensible energy useage is not too much to ask, surely?
Other things to note regarding fracking are : the emissions from fracked gas are more than double that of coal. Some wells require between 1-8 million gallons of water to crack the rock. What a waste of a natural resource. I wonder if Westminster will put a stop on fracking during the hose pipe bans in the South of England during the summer...probably not...can't make money that way...
This is merely the tip of the iceberg with regards to fracking, and the short-sighted-money-grabbing idiots that are ruining Britain for their own financial gain. Its maybe worth noting here, the old Native American Proverb : Only when the last tree has been cut down; only when the last river has been poisoned; only when the last fish has been caught; only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
A group of artists, actors, musicians and activists made this video in protest against proposed fracking in New York:
Don't frack my mother video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfymhAEe-TM
Think about it. Frack Off!