Oh dear, Lord Howell. Not only did you have to apologise to the entire North East over your comments that fracking should take place in the ‘desolate areas’ found there, you’ve now clarified you actually meant the North West – offending another huge geographical location. All in a weeks work, eh Lord Howell?
Although this cringe worthy blunder made the majority of the country roll their eyes at Lord Howell’s lack of judgement, it certainly brought more attention to the issue at hand.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is when a mixture of water and chemicals are injected into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture rocks to release the gases inside. So, why do so many people have a problem with the fracking process? With over 600 toxic chemicals used in the process, they can then leak out into groundwater and contaminate drinking water for nearby towns and cities. The contaminated water can lead to ‘sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage’ if ingested, according to dangersoffracking.com. In addition to this, the process is incredibly carbon intensive, meaning it’s damaging to both us, and the ozone layer.
…addiction to fossil fuels…
Handmade cosmetic store, Lush, have joined forces with the ‘Frack Off!’ movement to take action against this damaging method of gas extraction. According to Lush, ‘to produce one frack for shale gas, carcinogenic chemicals are pumped into 2 – 8 million gallons of water, which is then pumped deep into the ground to force out the gas – 2 million gallons could fill 66,000 baths.’ Those statistics don’t sound too promising.
With threats to drinking water and food growing, this fracking business surely can’t be worth risks? Countries including France, Northern Ireland, Switzerland and South Africa have all banned fracking – so why hasn’t Britain followed suit? The Lush campaign, ‘Fight Against A Fracked Future’ argues that Britain has to feed its ‘addiction to fossil fuels’ and as other areas of oil begin to dwindle, we’re finding new, more extreme ways to get our hands on the stuff.
…What does the process of fracking involve?
Over 100 planning permissions have been granted by the UK government for companies to begin shale fracking already, with further plans in the pipeline. You can absolutely expect to see further stories in the news about fracking and the inevitable protests and rallies that will follow over the coming weeks and months as more and more people begin to ask questions. What does the process of fracking involve? What are the implications on the environment? Is fracking going to affect the water in my local community?
It’s time to do our research and report back to the government on what a harmful, dangerous extreme process fracking is for the entire country, don’t you think?