HKD member Felicity Tanous offers a personal perspective on fracking
Why is HKD concerned about fracking in Sussex?
Water use – Fracking uses millions of gallons of water for each well. In our drought-prone area, where will the water come from?
Chemicals used – The water is mixed with a large number of chemicals, many of them kept secret. While the percentage of chemicals is small the total volume is large because so much fracking fluid is used.
Potential water contamination – In many of the areas where fracking has been underway (USA and Canada) fracking fluids have contaminated groundwater. What guarantees are there this won't happen here?
Risk of seismic events – Cuadrilla's first test well in the UK near Blackpool caused two small earthquakes, and Cuadrilla has voluntarily stopped fracking there for the time being. Could an earthquake on this scale impact the Balcombe viaduct or tunnel?
Disposal of contaminated water – Cuadrilla currently has no plan for how to dispose of the waste water but suggested tanker trucks could haul it out of area for treatment and disposal.
Fracking is energy inefficient – You invest a lot of energy in extracting shale gas, because each well can only be used for a limited time.
Distraction from investment in renewables and reduction in energy consumption – If all the conventional fossil fuels already discovered are burned, that will emit more than enough carbon dioxide to cause runaway climate chaos.
We need to shift away from fossil fuels of all kinds as quickly as possible.
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Anti-fracking groups and resources
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