“Fracking is set to be banned on two-fifths of the land in England being offered for shale gas exploration by the government. … A government source said: ‘Everyone still wants to get cracking, but they realise you have to take people with you and that is filtering through.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/02/fracking-set-to-be-banned-from-40-of-englands-shale-areas)
Like Chinese whispers, the message filtering through to the government from the people is ‘crack off’.
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.
“Serious environmental damage has been caused by pumping water underground at high pressure to release trapped gas.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/24/lib-dems-damage-fracking-shale-gas-revolution)
A fartaclysm like we’ve never seen.