Friday, August 30, 2013

A fracking disaster

I watched this quite mesmerised. Nature hates a vacant space. Just my own theory but if you take water out of underground aquifers they must eventually want to refill themselves.




Remember the Bob Newhart sketch about tobacco with the line something like, 'you roll a piece of paper around some dried leaves, put it into your mouth and set fire to it'.

How about this one. You pump water, sand and chemicals into the ground at pressure and gas or petrol comes out. Hehe. Well, not so funny, because apparently it works. It's known as fracking and I consider that to be a great name, although not a great practice.

Mining where you dig things up is one thing, but I find extracting oil, gas and water from underground very disturbing and I very much doubt it is sustainable. So far so good, perhaps. But blowing the earth apart by fracking is surely going down a bad path.

Fracking has been a fracking disaster in some parts of the United States. In spite of promises of cheaper energy bills in England, the general public is fighting against it. In Australia it has caused an unusual alliance between The Greens and farmers. Governments and miners seem to be the only people keen on it, which says to me something to me very clearly.

We are already abusing our planet to a shocking degree. I don't think it is a good idea to be blowing it apart underground. What is to stop these chemicals getting into aquifers? What is to stop a lake or a water storage dam to empty? Do they really know what goes on underground and the connections between things?

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  1. If a conservative governments and gigantic mining companies are keen on some process, that by definition should be a warning. Good on The Greens and the families living on the land! Where are the academics and scientists?

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    1. Hels, every time scientists open their mouth, the Bolt, climate change deniers and politicians jump on them. However, some have said enough to indicate they have serious misgivings.

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  2. if Gina Rhinoceros was fracked into the ground a lot of good would come out of it that's for sure.
    What she does is only benefitting her and China and her foreign imported workers.

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    1. Ann, she really does represent something quite distasteful underway in Australia, and the politicians allow it.

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  3. Hypnotic is a good word JG.

    From what I've heard this process is increasingly common in Qld, but objections are falling on deaf ears [no surprise].

    "Rhinoceros" is a great name, Ann.

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    1. FC, does it not just seem an inherently wrong thing to do? I don't think farmers in QLD or NSW are taking it lying down, and not in Victoria either.

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  4. Very true ! In the past coal was extracted from coal mines for heating, windmills for electricity and now we see here in Belgium more and more solar panels which is very good. Sun costs nothing. So many useless wars would have been avoided if there were not petrol (under the excuse of terrorists and religious purposes) Why nobody cares about Syria ? There is no petrol !

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    1. Gattina, solar and wind power are good ways to generate electricity and wave power too. Australia is the sunniest continent on earth, yet Germany is way ahead of us with production of solar electricity. Yes, not much use for Syrian sand.

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  5. I'm actually not fully opposed to fracking. It's been interesting to see public opinion take shape negatively here. I just think that more research needs to be done to determine the dangers - especially to the water supply.
    As for Gina - with all that money, couldn't she splash out on a personal trainer or a finishing school for her rather distasteful offspring?

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    1. Craig, it was bound to be seen negatively. Why did the industry come up with the name fracking? As soon as chemicals are mentioned, people are alert. Water and chemicals pumped underground to blow apart rocks in a field nearby to your house or on your prime grazing land, or even near your favourite country walking path? It was never going to go down well with the public. From what science I have heard, it is quite negative.

      I think most people would take what PM Cameron said about cheaper utility prices with a grain of salt. We know it does not work like that.

      You seem to know more about Gina's children than I do. They don't sound very nice to me but then nor does their mother. But there is one thing I admire about her is that she has refused to, or doesn't care about conforming to what a rich woman of her age should look like. Rich older men seem to care little for more than the basics of their appearance.

      Hmm, I sound a little grumpy, sorry. I appreciate you putting your own view forth.

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  6. I'm against it, unless they can find a way to fill the holes they're making, before nature takes its course and fills them by collapsing the sides and surface, which in turn will cause more collapses until eventually somewhere, maybe miles away, you get a sinkhole which swallows up houses, or roads, or even whole small villages and of course the people in them.

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    1. River, I am not sure if fracking has caused that elsewhere, but I don't see why it could not. Certainly other similar activity has.

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  7. It really is sad what we're doing to our planet...Earth is not a renewable resource and I can only hope we don't wait until it's too late...

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    1. Wise words Keith. Our saviour will be that we humans are incredibly clever in some ways and will reactively fix things.

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  8. Oh my I hope that little duck I saw early on in the clip got out of the area vite.. Seriously that was mega scary mostly because there was no control, no stopping it. If there is even the slightest chance that fracking can cause this outcome I say fracking stop right now! As for Gina I say to her, for gods sake woman, we have to look at you whenever you do something vile, give us a break and make an effort :)

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  9. Not like me to miss a duck, Grace, but I didn't see it. Yes, hope it was ok. I just saw terrible environmental damage from drilling in NSW on the tv, via 7.30 NSW.

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