“Unconventional oil and natural gas [fracking] operations release large amounts of reproductive, immunological, and neurological toxicants, carcinogens as well as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) into the environment that may negatively affect human health.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2677207/miscarriage_and_stillbirth_linked_to_fracking_chemical_exposure.html)
The inconvenience of any such negative effects is generously compensated by the cash that fracking companies offer local communities.
“California’s communities of color have long been dumping grounds for industrial pollution.” (http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/141022.asp)
This doesn’t mean hippies.
Despite 40,000 objections, “new laws will now be passed giving automatic access for gas and oil development below 300m.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/26/fracking-trespass-law-changes-move-forward-despite-huge-public-opposition)
“As the cleanest fossil fuel *gas provides a bridge to much greener future. … By removing barriers to deep underground drilling access, we are speeding up oil and gas and deep geothermal energy exploration.” (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-remove-barriers-to-onshore-oil-and-gas-and-deep-geothermal-exploration)
Like the old idiom, barriers (homeowners) will cross that bridge (fossil fuel) when it starts burning.
“Britain needs gas as part of its new energy strategy, both as a bridge to renewables and as a backup to intermittent [wind] power generation. If you have gas, why not use your own?” (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/03/ineos-signals-move-fracking-shale-gas-grangemouth)
Sales of rubber tubing rocket.
(A worrying preponderance of the scatological this week)
“The surge in seismic activity [in Oklahoma] has left residents and experts alike wondering about the underlying cause.” (http://www.nature.com/news/wastewater-pumping-ups-oklahoma-s-seismic-activity-1.15512)
Underlying, it turns out, are millions of barrels of wastewater from fracking.
“Ministers intend to change the trespass law that allows owners to refuse permission for drilling under their land, despite opposition from three-quarters of the public.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/28/allow-fracking-national-parks-environment-agency)
Subsidies for frackers; subsidence for residents.
“Championing the oil and gas sector and handing out tax breaks for fracking jars…” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=6936)
Glass jars are are associated with fracturing, but there’s a fundamental flaw.