Reporter: Geert, Food & Water Watch
We spend a lot of our time on raising awareness about the fracking process. However, after the gas or oil has been produced, the fossil fuels still need to be transported. And that transport has serious risks as well.
In Europe, most people will not be living close to a shale gas or oil well, but a lot more people will be confronted with the ancillary infrastructure.
Gas is transported by pipelines. If a gas pipeline explodes, this is what happens. Also remember the 2010 San Bruno explosion in California (8 deaths). For every well pad that targets shale gas, some 3 kilometers of pipeline will need to be constructed.
And in North Dakota, fracked shale oil gets put on trains to be transported to refineries. If a train explodes, this is what happens. Also remember the Lac Megantic explosion in Quebec, Canada where a train carrying shale oil exploded (47 deaths).
It turns out that there is a higher explosion risk, when fracked shale oil gets transported by freighter trains. Mainly because of the Volatile Organic Compounds in the shale oil. This article on Desmogblog goes into more detail.
The recent Recommendation of the European Commission fails to address this issue of the safety of transport of fracked fossil fuels. This is deeply problematic in a densely populated continent like Europe. I have approached some MEPs about asking a question on this topic.
Below you can find some more details with additional sources. Might be useful to ask some national governments about this as well.