Fracking, it may sound like a euphemism but if you think a pylon or a wind turbine in your back yard is bad news you need to be aware of the dangers of Hydraulic fracturing (Fracking) in the Mendip Hills.
See how fracking has blighted peoples lives in the US and what to expect when it comes to the UK: Fracking Hell An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains
'Fracking' Pollution In Water: Pennsylvania Allows Natural Gas
Drilling Waste Disposal In Waterways.
(huffingtonpost.com, Monday 3 Jan 2011)
"The natural gas boom gripping parts of the U.S. has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals like barium and strontium, that most states require drillers to get rid of the stuff by injecting it down shafts thousands of feet deep" .Chew Valley Lake is just a few miles from the proposed Mendip fracking site, should we be risking this a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) (Site Ref: 1001346) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) (Site Code: UK9010041) largely because of the diversity of species and habitats, apart from the drinking water for tens of thousands in Bristol & Somerset?
The UK's lack of fracking regulation is insane
George Monbiot Wednesday 31 August 2011 07.00 BST guardian.co.uk
Massive 'franking' gas extraction bid for Mendip Hills.
June 10, 2011
Hills: Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ .
The Heritage Journal
Shale Gas Discovery Should Be A Cause For Celebration In UK.
The Global Warming Policy Foundation Oct 4, 2011
BBC News Sep 28, 2011
Results of controversial 'fracking' for shale gas in UK will be kept secret. Drilling method
criticized for contaminating water sources. MPs hear US energy firm must only disclose details in 2015.
Tim Webb guardian.co.uk, March 1, 2011