He recently provided this short post on fracking which, in case you haven’t come across the term, is an abbreviation of hydraulic fracturing. This process involves shattering rock at a very deep level under ground, in order to release gas and oil which would not normally be available for commercial exploitation.
It’s a highly-controversial process, with objectors pointing to both air pollution and water pollution.
Here’s what he says:
Fracking represents a huge risk to water, land, air, animal and human life.
The Shale gas released is poisonous and invariably, along with fracking fluid (a cocktail of deadly toxins ), leaks and seeps into groundwater. This in turn contaminates domestic water and leads to, among other interesting phenomena, one’s ability to turn water into fire, at the flick of a Bic lighter.
The impact here in Western Canada – especially Alberta where I reside - is typical. Contamination, increased rates of human illnesses, increased rates of miscarriages in humans and animals, and inexplicable animal deaths are common in areas where fracking is carried out.
Now the US EPA has issued a preliminary report that supports the suggestion of impacts on water by the process of fracking The EPA isn’t exactly the most outspoken usually but they’ve been great recently. Big Oil and Gas, along with the disgraceful Canadian Federal Govt and their extreme white trash Republican US Party incestuously-related cousins/ siblings, condemned this report immediately.
Leitrim and the Shannon, and all the other areas in Ireland where Shale gas is concentrated, will be dead zones, no live areas, for generations, if this goes ahead. Don’t let Tamboran Energy or their mouthpieces fool you. No fracking has ever been done without the use of fluids that no-one should be exposed to. I laughed out loud when I heard Richard Moorman of Tamboran on Prime Time claim that local authorities would monitor for any effects on the environment. It took the EPA scientists, respected worldwide, to come up with their recent report. Who in Drumshambo, or Carrick-on-Shannon, will have a clue? Not to besmirch the solid reputations of anyone in that neck of the woods. I’m sure they’re all out standing in their own fields, butDublin wouldn’t care anyway. It’s all about revenue. Of course, if Dublin 4 was potentially going to be the focus of fracking, it’d be entirely a horse of a different colour.
Dr Jessica Ernst, here in Southern Alberta, worked with Big Oil/Gas as a scientist. Her acreage water supply suffered in the same way as many others had in terms of becoming combustible, curiously after the land had become fractured by the same fluids. She has now a longstanding lawsuit against the companies she once worked for and she looks unbeatable. Unfortunately, these same companies tend to try to exhaust the resources of individuals like Dr Ernst and claim their expenses as tax exemptions under costs of doing business. Remember, once those multinationals get in, they are there to stay. We call it several things here, the “velvet handcuffs” being one popular term.
Ireland will gain nothing longterm, other than wholesale destruction and major health problems if fracking is allowed. As we say now here in Canada, if fracking comes to town, sell up and leave; your property will likely increase in value (somewhat), and will quickly become worthless, because the land and water will be unfit for human and animal life. It happens again and again here.
Ireland was fooled once into thinking the streets were paved with gold. Don’t be fooled again!