Opponents of hydraulic fracturing have written into the Guardian to complain about fracking getting the ‘green light’ in the UK.
Having read the Guardian’s Gas Fracking gets the Green Light article which was published on April 17, 2012, Marion Watson of Sheffield wrote to say that: “It beggars belief that fracking is recommended to be extended and earthquakes are the only risks that are taken into account.”
While in the past the risks of fracking may only have been theoretical, they are now very much real as a number of rural areas in the US have had their water supplies contaminated by fracking.
While fracking has helped the US to become almost self reliant in terms of producing its own energy, environmentalists wonder about the impact that this has on groundwater, in both the US and the
UK, where fracking is also becoming increasingly popular.
But there have been cases of people finding that the water from their kitchen tap is dangerous and unusable due to methane contamination (which also raises the risk of explosions in a kitchen).
And with Britain suffering from a drought, can we risk polluting what remaining sources of water we have? In the hydraulic fracturing process around 2-3m gallons of water are used for each well, which can be fracked up to 18 times.
Furthermore fracking has an aesthetic consideration as it would involve numerous well heads spread out over the gas fields which, unlike wind turbines, carry the risk of toxic emissions.
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