On the 2nd of August last year, I wrote an article about this very topic – fracking. I wrote about the dangers, the consequences, the government’s future plans and how we as the voting public should read into what a dangerous method of gas extraction fracking really is. It’s six months down the line and David Cameron has urged his support on hydraulic fracturing – so it’s time to take to my computer once again.
Before we launch into this, let me fill you in on what fracking actually is if you’re not already aware. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing as it’s less commonly known, is the practice of drilling into the earth, forcing a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground at an incredibly high pressure and then extracting the gases which are subsequently released. According to a report from the BBC, the fracking process can ‘cause small earth tremors, water contamination and environmental damage.’ They’re not wrong there.
This week on a visit to a site in Lincolnshire, David Cameron announced that councils who do go ahead with fracking plans and ‘get on board’ would be entitled to extra cash in tax revenue- a tempting bribe, Greenpeace have argued. According to Cameron, those councils who chose to progress will get their hands on the entire rate from the gas collection as opposed to the normal 50%.
…give us cheaper energy for the future…
Although the plans are set to create hundreds of jobs in the Lincolnshire site alone, the consequences of fracking are dangerous and severe. Protesters have already descended to the site, but will they simply be pushed to the sidelines and ignored? Probably. The Prime Minister added in an interview this week that ‘nothing would go ahead if there were any environmental dangers. It (fracking) could bring 74,000 jobs, over £3 billion in investment, give us cheaper energy for the future and increase our energy security.”
Okay, David, but what about the disadvantages to this great scheme? The Friends of the Earth charity argue that ‘fracking in the UK is unlikely to lower fuel bills’ and that the procedure ‘is linked to water contamination in the USA and Australia.’ Last August, concerned Conservative MP George Hollingby wrote a letter to David Cameron in which he said that fracking could prove ‘disastrous’ for his own local community.
…David Cameron is only seeing pound signs at the moment…
As I stated in my previous article, www.dangersoffracking.com is an excellent website to visit if you want to learn more about the processes. On the website, it explains how methane levels are seventeen times higher in drinking water wells close to fracking sites as well as the fact that ‘there have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water.’
It would appear that David Cameron is only seeing pound signs at the moment, not the real, hard, and very dangerous truth behind what fracking could hold for the country. Maybe it’s time to listen to the mad, picketing hippies protesting outside the sites, David?