Poll-Is Fracking Good for the UK? Ian R Crane meets Ashton WI

Jenny Ross 20th January 2014

Just returned from a brilliant talk by Ian R Crane about why fracking urgently needs to be stopped. It’s a real head-turner when you hear an industry professional talk about the dangers from a place of unquestionable credibility. He said many illuminating things to us about the fact that industry is unregulated, how oil companies work to buy people off in this lifetime, who then don’t think about the impact on future generations, but for me his greatest argument was simply this: once the huge volumes of water needed to frack a well (104 x an olympic-sized swimming pool per well) are poisoned they can never go back into the water cycle. We as an island cannot operate with water taken out of our supply. We would be left with no water to drink. No water to farm our lands because the soil will be unusable through contamination. This has already happened to people in Texas. People cannot afford to ignore the risks of this industry, because the price of poisoned water is too high to pay. We must come together to fight it because we have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Cameron can talk about jobs and money to councils until he is blue in the face. If you lose water you lose everything. Water is life

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