20 Oct '16, 9am

Challenging the delusion of cheap, safe shale gas extraction - The Ecologist

Challenging the delusion of cheap, safe shale gas extraction - The Ecologist

Based on the US experience, we face the prospect of pollution of our aquifers, air pollution from the leakage of methane and benzene from 5% of the thousands of wells, the problem of contaminated sludge disposal, heavy lorry traffic, and earthquakes. There are distinct similarities between the 1848-1855 gold rush and the recent US frenzied rush to tear apart its shallow shale beds regardless of cost to people and the environment. Greed drives the free world to the strangest activities which are then justified by the buying of scientific 'objective' evidence in support of its folly. Both 'rushes' were short lived and mining communities sprang up only to disappear again with the low oil price being the culprit in the case of shale fracking around 2014. True, the US shale industry is fighting a rallying rearguard action to restart large scale production. Unfortunately the US-...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988252/ch...

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