Belfast Newsletter article and comments
FRACKING AND THE MEDIA
This letter in the Belfast Newsletter is OUTRAGEOUS.
It is supported by the UK Department of Energy and Climate, by the Royal Society and by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Durham University, with Cardiff University and the University of Tromso in Norway, have produced a report which said, and I quote, “the likelihood of contamination of drinking water in aquifers due to fractures when there is a separation of more than a kilometre is negligible”.
Dr R Davies, director of Durham’s Energy Institute, has said that as long as the depth is in excess of 0.6km there is little risk.
In one state alone in the US, 2,000 wells have been sunk, with not one case of water contamination.
>>>Which state, I wonder?
In four states, the AP recently found records of contamination…(see Item #3)
The development will also bring down the price of expensive electricity.
>>>Lord Browne (chairman of the UK’s leading shale gas company) says it won’t.
In the US, it has brought down the price of electricity by a half.
>>>No it hasn’t. Not for consumers in any case. Renewable energy is cheaper in some cases. (see Item #3)
>>>Also, US utilities are switching back to coal — even though natural gas is still below production cost price…
https://sites.google.com/site/shalegasbulletinireland/all-previous-issues/issue-no-20—november-15-2013 (Item #2)
Would Mr Oliver deny the people of Northern Ireland this added bonus of cheap electricity when we know that hundreds of elderly people are dying each year because they cannot afford to heat their homes?
>>>Even though natural gas will not make electricity cheaper?
This EU report also says shale gas won’t bring down energy prices: http://europeecologie.eu/IMG/pdf/shale-gas-pe-464-425-final.pdf
As for earth tremors, which were common place with coal mines, they are no greater than a bus passing a house.
Shale gas development requires no tax payers’ subsidies, while wind turbines get ￡1 billion a year in taxpayers’ subsidies.
>>>And the UK government is going to use taxpayers money to pay communities to accept fracking…and tax incentives for companies…
The chemicals used are exactly the same as used for domestic applications, perfectly safe.
>>>I personally don’t use benzene and toluene around the house…
The derricks used would only be in place for six weeks and then they would be mostly removed, unlike the hideous wind turbines which remain in place for nearly 20 years.
>>>Any idea how long the chemicals stay in the ground, or how when methane and NORMs might stop migrating…?
For economic development essential to bring many out of poverty, shale gas development using fracking is a perfectly safe method which has been in existence since 1940.
>>>Which shows definitively that Terri Jackson doesn’t know the first thing about horizontal high-volume hydraulic fracturing….
Retired head of energy course?Belfast Metropolitan College
>>>Incidentally Ms. Jackson seems to be a believer in “global cooling”…