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STUDY THE THREAT AND RESULTS OF FRACKING AND FLOODING  and wake up our politicians

Six County Clare families strandedhttp://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/six-co-clare-families-stranded-as-sea-engulfs-road-1.1645976
Did floods cause a fracking disaster in colorado
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/19/did-floods-cause-a-fracking-disaster-in-colorado.html

Actions by  campaigners

Letter to the Irish Times (not published)
Dear Sir,

In your article of Monday, 6 January 2014, “Six Co Clare families
stranded as sea engulfs road”, you report that six households on the
Loophead peninsula have been stranded since Thursday, 2 January, by
flood waters that have engulfed the road to the nearest village of
Carrigaholt.

The Loophead peninsula (recipient of the Irish Times best tourism
destination in 2013) is one of the areas where hydraulic fracturing for
shale gas extraction will occur if the government allows it.

If hydraulic fracturing were underway now on the Loophead peninsula, the
gas wells would be underwater, as would be the vast reservoirs of highly
toxic wastewater that are generally constructed (in the form of open
pits dug into the ground) at each well pad site. This toxic wastewater
is produced in enormous quantities and contains cancer-causing and
endocrine-disrupting chemicals, as well as the naturally occurring
radioactive materials (NORMs) that come out of the ground with the
flowback water.

Even under ideal meteorological circumstances, numerous studies from the
USA and elsewhere have shown that hydraulic fracturing pollutes surface
and ground water, as well as the air, and poses serious health risks for
people and animals. To allow this highly polluting practice in an area
subject to the sort of severe storms and flooding that we are seeing at
present would be madness.

Ireland should be proud of its current “Guaranteed Fracking Free” status
and should protect it by enacting a permanent ban on hydraulic
fracturing without further delay.

Sincerely,

Article published in Inshore Ireland – http://www.inshore-ireland.com/News/flooding-and-fracking-don-t-mix.html

General actions – email politicians (contact details here)
I have been sending lots of emails regarding the floods and Fracking.
The groud-zero for Fracking in the UK could be the South Coast of
england. And we have seen from The USA what can happen when floods hit frack
sites. I got a lot of responses from our local officials after sending them,
i even pricked the ears of some pro-frackers who now genuinely seem
concerned. This is a good topic and it is current, people seem to be listening when
i send this out.
They cannot dismiss this as irrelevant.
Use the floods as a means to waken people up who dont care or are on the
fence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk/

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=warnings&regionName=se&fcTime=1388880000

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/142151.aspx

Dear Sir,

In your article of Monday, 6 January 2014, “Six Co Clare families

stranded as sea engulfs road”, you report that six households on the

Loophead peninsula have been stranded since Thursday, 2 January, by

flood waters that have engulfed the road to the nearest village of

Carrigaholt.

The Loophead peninsula (recipient of the Irish Times best tourism

destination in 2013) is one of the areas where hydraulic fracturing for

shale gas extraction will occur if the government allows it.

If hydraulic fracturing were underway now on the Loophead peninsula, the

gas wells would be underwater, as would be the vast reservoirs of highly

toxic wastewater that are generally constructed (in the form of open

pits dug into the ground) at each well pad site. This toxic wastewater

is produced in enormous quantities and contains cancer-causing and

endocrine-disrupting chemicals, as well as the naturally occurring

radioactive materials (NORMs) that come out of the ground with the

flowback water.

Even under ideal meteorological circumstances, numerous studies from the

USA and elsewhere have shown that hydraulic fracturing pollutes surface

and ground water, as well as the air, and poses serious health risks for

people and animals. To allow this highly polluting practice in an area

subject to the sort of severe storms and flooding that we are seeing at

present would be madness.

Ireland should be proud of its current “Guaranteed Fracking Free” status

and should protect it by enacting a permanent ban on hydraulic

fracturing without further delay.

Sincerely,