Frack Sakes


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A video posted on the Facebook page of NSW Green MP Jeremy Buckingham (which has since gone viral). To wit:

Gas explodes from Australian river near fracking site. I was shocked by force of the explosion when I tested whether gas boiling through the Condamine River, Qld was flammable. So much gas is bubbling through the river that it held a huge flame. There has been concern that fracking and extraction of coal seam gas could cause gas to migrate through the rock. Not only is it polluting the river and air, but methane is an extremely potent heat trapping gas. Fugitive emissions from the unconventional gas industry could be a major contributor to climate change and make gas as dirty as burning coal.


14 thoughts on “Frack Sakes

    1. Murtles

      Unfortunately not. This is just one of the problems behind one of the most stupidest methods of trying to access natural gas pockets. By fracturing the rock shelf beneath the surface, usually by mean of a hydraulic punch or injecting fluids at high pressure, it is inevitable that another area of the pocket of gas away from the drill site could be broken as well thus allowing gas to seep up. This is what geniuses in Ireland are hoping to do so you better hope you’re nowhere near a frack site.

      1. Diarmuid

        Apparently the shale fields in Europe are not just below the surface, they are at depths similar to the coal mines. So I don’t think we can compare US/Aus fracking to Europe’s situation. But hey, don’t let any real frackin analysis get in the way of your opinion.
        And ever think about the emissions reduction from increased cheap gas consumption leading to reduced expensive oil consumption? Renewables, yes, sure, but be realistic please, gas is the interim temporary solution.

  1. Nigel

    I don’t want to get over – dramatic or anything but it is as if we are LITERALLY TRYING TO CREATE HELL ON EARTH. RIVERS OF FIRE? IT’S IN REVELATIONS, PEOPLE!

  2. Eoin

    Fracking is now banned in New York state. The wells don’t last long and pretty much get abandoned, eventually, on the tax payers shoulders. And the rural back roads all needed to be upgraded to take the heavy vehicles going to and from the wells. So due to massive taxpayer expense on top of the environmental damage and the fact that it costs more to drill a well than you now get out in profit (sort of like a Ponzi scheme) resulted in an outright ban in New York state. So then they come to the UK and Ireland. They’ll be banned here eventually once the lobbyists and politicians have sold out to them, leaving a PERMANENT ecological mess in their wake. Anyone promoting/ lobbying for fracking companies here should be viewed as dangerous.

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