Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
Why the frack are we embracing hydraulic fracturing?
Today prepare yourself to be hit with stupid governmental science 101.
Robert Newman – heartthrob, former Mary Whitehouse Experience comedian and environmentalist – writes in today’s Guardian that the government has given fracking the go-ahead.
Fracking involves jetting massive volumes of water at staggeringly high pressures to inject a toxic concoction of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene into solid rock. All these ‘enes’ pulversise the rock in the hope of releasing gas.
The process is dirty and dangerous. Fracking off the coast of Lancashire has already caused two earthquakes, and then of course there is also the risk of polluting our clean water supplies. This has already happened elsewhere, and opposition to this disgusting practice is almost unanimous. Almost.
There are a few with vested interested in promoting hydraulic fracking, for the sake of a quick buck. The fact that any environmental damage is considered too expensive to clean up doesn’t matter to these people.
But the real thing that gets me, is why the government would be perusing a process that involves wasting billions of gallons of water when we’re in the biggest drought since the 1970s?
There seems to be little point in adhering to a hose-pipe ban when energy companies will literally be flushing what precious little water we have left down the toilet.
I honestly believe that the government, in cahoots with energy companies, are insane. Genuinely mad. They clearly want to turn the UK (and the rest of the world) into a polluted, miserable dust-bowl. As long as their second homes in Provence aren’t affected then it’s to hell with the rest of us.
I don’t mean to sound overtly political, but this bunch of greedy amateurs have got to go before they completely wreck the UK. Viva la revolution!