GASLAND: Fracking and the destruction it causes

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Hi this is a very important and moving video about the practise of Fracking, which of course will be coming soon to England. This is about the fracking in America, over the last 20 years and the irreversible damage that is now been documented.

To sum up the documentary: Basically fracking chemical compounds are not subject to any tests, and are not listed in full, been a propierity product, much like a secret sauce. The 2005 clean water act allowed Fracking companies to be excempt from all the tests and dangerous materials used.

Tons and tons of chemicals mixed with water are pumped into the earth, and only about half the water comes back up. All over the east America especially Colorado peoples wells, streams and water supplies have become heavily contaminated with carcinagens. Many people have suffered tumours and ill health. Some people's tap water sets on fire and explodes when they put a match to the water!

All water is connected and even though the companies claim they will replace damaged or contaminated water supplies, all the water they pump into the ground will eventually come back around the system. Some of the chemicals used are non-biodegradeable. Also, in the recent hurricanes it was shown the dangerous vaults and 'steaming stations' have no protection against storms and thousands of these were damaged.

Its very much worth watching, if you have any doubt about fracking or think it will be fine please watch and share this !

 
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fracking in the US is indeed a funny game, mostly due to very limited levels of regulation, as pointed out, especially around their "super secret" chemical cocktail. I would guess, given the EU absolutely loves regulations to the point of almost strangling industries to death, that there will be fewer issues once it starts this side of the pond. Obviously it is still a problem if America doesnt then follow suit.

Is it a long term solution, of course not, but with no government or political institution currently willing to invest beyond the term they are in office, preventing real investment in nuclear or revamping our infrastructure to better deal with the peaks and dips in renewable generation, it is something we sorely need
 
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I doubt we will be anymore strict with it. I've said before and will say again, its 2014, we no longer should rely on fossil fuels. We have the technology and capability to fully rely on solar, wind, water and magnetic generate fuel. The industry and government want to keep us burning and relying on oil and gas.
 
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Dont forget about Nikola Tesla! Yea you can be "selective" on what and where you read up about this guy but he basically "RE-Discovered" harnessing free and clean energy from the planets subtle electromagnetic grid. The Ancient civilizations with their pyramids and megalithic stones in circles all aligned to things and star constellations were well aware of this technology too ;-)

Exactly how and why the money men bought out Tesla and kept this technology from us is not really fully appreciated in my opinion.
 

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remember the issue is not just the capture of energy but storing it, as you say all we do have now some improving and fairly clean ways of capturing energy (assuming we ignore manufacturing, seriously, nothing is clean), but our ability to store it for when it is needed is currently hilariously out of date, at least on the scale of the national grid. Here-in remains the current advantage of fossil fuels as they are on demand for when it suits us.

Whilst all renewable sources are fairly predictable, they are rarely going to coincide nicely when the grid is under the highest strain, as brilliant as we think we are as a species, we do not directly control the weather or moon at this time.

Even if we moved to a majority renewable infrastructure most of the captured energy would be wasted and several ondemand gas stations would still fire up every evening to cover the shortfall when the sun goes down.

The businesses of the world will get there, when options run out, such is the nature of the beast. Can things be done now, of course, the recent slashing in price of solar panels (thanks China :) ) means all new builds should realistically be fitted with panels, only really useful for the owners at the weekend of course in this country, but it is a start.

Another item we need to see hurry the hell up is the development of lower resistance wiring, not just improving transmission efficiency domestically, but also allowing the potential to draw solar 24/7 by being able to transmit on a global scale, either from the surface, or if they make orbital elevators viable, space.

I am not against renewables, but whilst the ability to store, and arguably move energy, is so out of date relative to the improvements in generation, it currently remains a waste of money to deploy on the scale we already are.
 
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Gasleak by Four Corners shows the devasting effects fracking has had in Australia, And how the Australian environmental agencies where forced to ignore ground water contamination (drinking water) instead, seeking a "bankable outcome". Many water supplies in rural Queensland are now completely toxic, measuring methane far above the recommended levels, bubbling rivers and flammable wells. However the government claims the water is safe to drink, just like what happened in America and Canada. in already areas where droughts are common.

Important stuff because Quadrilla have just announced they have found gas in Balcombe England and soon our government will go the same way and force fracking- which is more more expensive in the long run, destroys drinking water supplies and ruins the landscape. i will be protesting if it goes ahead.