Q&A: So what’s the drill?
Paul Melia – Published 03 March 2014 02:30 AM
Why are we talking about fracking?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will shortly undertake a study to determine if hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be allowed to take place in Ireland. The method is used to extract natural gas from beneath the surface, but there are concerns it can cause earthquakes, pollute water sources and cause environmental damage. Continue reading
Twelve years ago Kjell Aleklett, professor in Global Energy Systems at the Uppsala University in Sweden, got interested in oil and its future. Soon he and Colin Campbell created the term “peak oil”: they predicted that the top production for crude oil would not be far away and that it was time to look for alternative energy systems in order to replace oil. This theory has been heavily disputed. Aleklett has just returned from a visiting professorship at the University of Texas – Austin, where he specialised in the fracking industry. He is more convinced than ever that his arguments from 2002 are still valid. In a frank interview, the first part of which EER publishes today, Aleklett defends his position and attacks his opponents in sometimes harsh wording. Continue reading
FRACKING AND INSURANCE / HOME VALUE !
28 February 2014 at 23:21
- What does the insurance-company think about fracking?
- Do they consider it as a risk?
- Do they accept to insure your house if you are living in a fracking-area?
- Does fracking lower the value of your home and property?
- If your area get fracked, what about your insurance?
PS: I have put “Fracking” in the title, but I should maybe have used another word, for example ”unconventional gas”.
I propose that YOU verify with your insurance-company! Would you have to pay more or would they refuse to insure you if fracking or extraction of unconventional gas starts in your area? Would they say something like this “we don’t know” and than tell you that you can insure your house and property, but if you have a damage in some way or another, your case would have to be studied! Iy means you can get an insurance, but you won’t know until after any damage, if you’ll get a payout or not!!!! Continue reading
Fracking: are the benefits worth potential pitfalls? Study being done as gas firms eye exploration - http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/fracking-are-the-benefits-worth-potential-pitfalls-30055915.html
Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent – Published 03 March 2014 02:30 AM
AS many as three exploration companies have expressed an interest in looking for natural gas using a controversial process known as ‘fracking’.
Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte said “tentative” approaches had been made in recent months but that no exploration licences would be granted until an in-depth study on its environmental effects was completed. Continue reading
Caroline Crawford – Published 03 March 2014 02:30 AM
* CATHAOIRLEACH of Leitrim County Council Sean McDermott said the jury was still out for him on fracking.
The Fine Gael councillor would be surprised if fracking was given a clean bill of health by the EPA. Continue reading
Anglers from both sides of the Border converged in Enniskillen on Saturday to highlight their fears for the future of endangered fish species if fracking goes ahead.
A cavalcade of 50 boats on trailers was driven through the Co Fermanagh town as fishermen claimed the controversial method of shale gas extraction could threaten popular angling lakes on both sides of the Border – including Lough Melvin, Lough Erne, Lough Allen, Lough McNean and Lough Arrow. Continue reading