Germany Bans Fracking Forever

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Germany have agreed to permanently ban fracking in the country following years of debate over the issue.

The coalition government have said that they will outlaw the practise of fracking for shale gas, but will allow test drilling to take place in certain circumstances.

German industry is keen to keep the door open to fracking – which involves blasting chemicals and water into rocks to release trapped gas – arguing it could help lower energy costs, but opposition is strong in the country, where a powerful green lobby has warned about possible risks to drinking water.
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Published in: on June 25, 2016 at 19:12  Leave a Comment  
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Scotland Bans Fracking, Forever

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The Scottish Parliament voted to ban fracking countrywide on Wednesday, making a moratorium on the controversial technique a permanent affair.

The Scottish Greens, the Liberal Democrats, and the Labour Party joined together to hand a 32-29 defeat to the Conservatives, who vehemently opposed the permanent measure, The Guardian reported.

The Scottish National Party’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said he and his government remained “deeply skeptical” on the merits of fracking and confirmed that the practice would not be allowed in Scotland until there is clear evidence that it does not cause health-related or environmental harm.
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Published in: on June 5, 2016 at 06:49  Leave a Comment  
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What’s the True Cost of Fracking?

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Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth.

Concerns about the process have been mounting, as studies have linked it to a host of environmental and public health problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking water and earthquakes. Fracking also releases methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

According to a 2015 report by the nonprofit FracTracker Alliance, there are at least 1.7 million fracked wells across the United States, with the most in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, each with more than 200,000 wells. (Prior to 2009, Oklahomans experienced an average of two earthquakes a year; these days, there are two every day.)

Yet proponents of fracking argue that it has contributed to the nation’s economic health. A 2015 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the drilling boom fueled by fracking technology added around 725,000 jobs between 2005 and 2012.
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Published in: on June 5, 2016 at 06:39  Leave a Comment  
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Voices from the Gasfields : It started with just ONE well


This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do NOT want you to see! Documenting the accounts of families living with the hydrocarbon industry as a neighbour, this hour long documentary is shocking, as it reveals the day to day pollution these people live with – pollution of water, air, light and sound, some of the the basic human requirements needed to survive. The blind eye that the authorities and the hydrocarbon industry turn to these families living conditions, and the complete disregard to the environmental damage done to the bush by this, is truly disgraceful.
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Published in: on May 27, 2016 at 19:37  Leave a Comment  
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Council that granted fracking permit is controlled by the Conservatives

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Isn’t it interesting that – even though they’re not supposed to vote along party lines on planning issues – the North Yorkshire planning committee that granted permission for fracking in Ryedale, by a majority of seven to four, is composed of seven Conservatives and four other members?
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Oklahoma Is Now as Much of an Earthquake Risk as California
A new federal map released Monday shows parts of Oklahoma are now as seismic as parts of California and Alaska, long the nation’s leaders in earthquakes, and for the first time includes man-made earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s new earthquakes hazard map, which helps states and government officials determine insurance rates and building codes, is in part a reaction to the historic increase in seismic activity in Oklahoma. Last year the state experienced almost 900 3-plus magnitude earthquakes; in 2007, it recorded just one. On earlier USGS maps, Oklahoma was a seismic afterthought.

Scientists say Oklahoma’s surge in quakes is due to the injection of billions of barrels of salty wastewater that have come to the surface during oil and natural gas exploration. The water’s injection back into the earth has put pressure on the state’s fault lines, leading to quakes that have damaged homes, schools and other structures. Oklahoma has thousands of disposal wells, including a heavy concentration in the state’s northwestern and central regions, where most of the earthquakes are occurring. Ten of the state’s 12 most powerful quakes have struck since 2011.
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When will they learn. All they are interested in is short term profit and to hell with the long term future. (Forsooth)

Published in: on May 25, 2016 at 06:43  Leave a Comment  
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Exxon CEO Joins Lawsuit Against Fracking Project Because It Will Devalue His $5 Million Property

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As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. The oil company is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S., relying on the controversial drilling technology to extract it.

The exception is when Tillerson’s $5 million property value might be harmed. Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.

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Published in: on February 23, 2014 at 14:41  Leave a Comment  
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WARNING Fracking An Inconvenient Truth

Fracking An Inconvenient Truth Watch and Learn all about Fracking for Shale Gas . Fracking explained in 3d animation the effects on the earth and its close towns and residents.

Published in: on February 22, 2014 at 17:37  Leave a Comment  
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The Truth Behind The Dash For Gas

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Fracking will contaminated the water table, cause local earth quakes, ruin the countryside. It will not reduce our fuel bills. The process of fracking will use huge amounts of water which will become tainted with very toxic chemicals.

Published in: on February 18, 2014 at 19:56  Leave a Comment  
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Fracking – Suicide Capitalism Poisons The Earth’s Fresh Water Supplies.

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Lena Headley lives in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She and her husband bought a small farm for their semi-retirement with the mineral rights but not the oil and gas rights. Over the last seven years 5 gas wells and a transmission pipeline have been put on their land. The effect has been devastating: Pollution of land and air together with destruction of fruit trees and the burning of 10 acres of ground by the gas drillers. Gas wells leak and a spring 200 feet from her house is so rich with gas it can be set on fire.

Visits to the family doctor have become common. Her 5 year old son Adam suffers from crippling stomach pains. Lena has said that she wants her story to act as warning to ordinary people about the dangers of fracking.

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Published in: on February 12, 2014 at 17:46  Leave a Comment  
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