|Fracking (sometimes known as hydraulic fracturing) is a method of extracting natural gas from shale rock which has horrific consequences for wildlife and people in the area where fracking occurs.
Highly hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals are mixed with water and pumped thousands of feet under ground to release gas from the shale rock.
It doesn’t take a scientist to realise that this kind of gas extraction leads to water contamination on a massive scale, killing wildlife and causing irreversible harm to local people.
If anyone has any doubt as to the harmful consequences of fracking please watch the new documentary film ‘Gasland‘ which is to be released in the UK on 17 January 2011.
Fracking has already devastated rural areas in the the USA and it’s coming here. It has already started in the Blackpool area
A company called Composite Energy has earmarked a 100km squared area of natural beauty outside of Swansea for fracking and there are appraisal wells being drilled all over the UK as we speak.
South Wales is particularly at risk- across the old coalfield areas especially:
“The gas contents in Wales are the highest encountered in the 2009 drilling campaign and Composite is considering its further exploration and pilot development options in this area.”
Shale Gas Drilling by fracking must be kept out of the UK.
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As per usual, the main ‘establishment parties’ are turning a blind eye to the dangers, beholden as they are to the fossil fuel lobby and seduced by being less dependent on Russian reserves in the short to medium term:
SOUTH WALES SHOULD BE THE FOCUS RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO FREE THE UK COMPLETELY FROM FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCY. ONLY THE GREEN PARTY CAN LEAD US TOWARDS THIS KIND OF FUTURE.
Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester, said: “There is also a significant risk its use will delay the introduction of renewable energy alternatives.
“Consequently, if we are serious about avoiding dangerous climate change, the only safe place for shale gas remains in the ground.”
The report has been released to coincide with the UK premiere of the documentary film Gasland which focuses on the problems with the industry in the US.
The extent of the fracking threat can be seen here:
Click to access landfields_lics.pdf
Bridgend and much of south wales has been licensed for fracking already!!!
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