Posted on July 25, 2011.
There is nothing good that can be said about fracking. In what Naomi Klein calls "extreme energy" it is one of the ways in which humanity is taking extreme risks to get fuel. But in this case they are potentially deadly -to you. And I wish I was being alarmist, but I fear not.
Anna Chinn in the Otago Daily Times last week put it very well -"We must ban hydraulic fracturing, a highly toxic process used to extract natural gas and oil from the earth. It involves sending several hundred hazardous chemicals whizzing down a high-pressure hydroslide — wheee! — directly into the ground in order to break up rock to release gas and oil. This is otherwise known as fracking. Many of the chemicals used are not publicly known, either because the exploration companies are not required to disclose any information about them, or because they are able to protect the secret recipe for fracking fluid as their intellectual property."
Fracking has been controversial in the United States for a long time. It has been strongly opposed by residents whose water is affected and by environmentalists. It has lead to massive contamination of groundwater to the point where they are drinking water with so many chemicals you would think that no company could do this to people.The state of New York recently imposed a moratorium. France even banned fracking earlier this year after an enormous public outcry.
So why would New Zealand seek to emulate this worst of practices ? In the same way that our offshore sea has been opened up for oil drilling so too large quantities of land are open for potential fracking.Taranaki already has some under way courtesy of TAG oil who are not even required to tell what toxins they are using. What a lunatic game of roullette this is ! But much much more is planned . Rawson Resources is exploring Canterbury and L and M Energy is in there too . No debate . Actually there's not even an elected Canterbury Regional Council at present.
Fracking should not even be contemplated in a country so bountiful in renewables. This is lunacy and a massive health risk. Water is and will continue to be one of our most precious resources. Our economy depends on our environment and on the back door step of one of the food baskets of the country , and where people live, we are exploring fracking.
Apart from the poisons in your water , there is good evidence that fracking can cause seismic disturbance and it has in many places lead to earthquakes. Just what Canterbury doesn't need.
For 100% Pure , and for a country that is the most dependent in the world on its environment for its income and wellbeing , why would we contemplate this ?