Fracking threat is much closer than we realise
IS FRACKING Somerset's best kept secret? Do we realise that the village of Ston Easton, only a few miles away from Wells, is already under threat from the frackers with licences already applied for?
Some may say, do we care? After all we may get cheaper fuel and if each village is paid the sum of £100,000 as a sweetener by the Government for each well fracked, what could be bad? What's not to like? What is not to like is the possibility of poisoned water created by the fracking process leaking into our water supplies, our streams, rivers, fields and gardens.
Each well requires millions of gallons of water (five million gallons is the figure quoted) to drive the shale gas to the surface.
This water is not clean – it has been mixed for maximum effectiveness with a toxic cocktail of chemicals, benzene, formaldehyde, uranium, mercury and lead among others. Some 20 to 40 per cent of this water will flow back to the surface and when it does it will be even more toxic as it will have picked up from deep underground naturally occurring radioactive material which it has disturbed.
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This murky mix now has to be disposed of somehow and who can guarantee this will be done without spillage? The Department of Energy and Climate Chang tells me that all possible safety regulations will be put in place to minimise any dangers – how reassuring.
Do you know I'd rather have a hefty gas bill than drink poisoned water? Am I alone? I don't think so. Keep an eye on planning applications, and be ready write to councillors, MPs of all persuasions and don't let fracking happen – it's too risky. In Pennslvania, USA, a "List of the Harmed" records those damaged by shale gas extraction – and that is a bit frightening isn't it?