Jailhouse John wrote:And yet where is this research that says that 2% of all wells have contaminated water supplies?
As far as I was aware there was a 0% contamination rate. In my 40 years in the oil industry throughout the world including the USA I have never been involved in a well that has not been completed exactly as it was meant to have been. If you are going to use the evidence of that film of the methane being lit coming out of a guys domestic tap then please dont because he was a real clown who drilled a private well into a methane layer instead of an adjacent water aquifer and was surprised when it produced gas!!!
I admit that I back my former industry to complete all its UK wells into the CBM (coal bed methane) deposits and then 'Frack' - a procedure that has been around for years btw - and indeed I have some investments in the current round of drilling that is ongoing. It will be the most heavily regulated drilling project ever undertaken given the publicity surrounding it but those who are concerned should look at the onshore BP Wytch Farm project which has been in production for many years now in the lovely Dorset countryside and the local residents hardly are aware of existence apart from its positive impact to the local economy and jobs market.
All that is accepted JJ. Nobody doubts that fracking works, it produces fuel and we all need energy.
Not sure you can state that there has been 0% contamination tbh. There are a whole buch of cases in the states where drinking water has been contaminated, as I'm suer you know. I am sure that these wells were constructed according to plan, I have no reason to believe otherwise.
The fear that some of us have about fracking in our areas is that even though the wells may be costructed and managed according to all the regs, that still doesn't set our minds at rest. The industry is very very good at influencing local politicians and convncing them that in their particular case it's perfectly safe. The petrochemicals industry have built up very good teams of PR experts over many years.
The regulations just aren't strong enough, and probabaly never can be strong enough to prevent contamination of groundwater. The thing about subterranean aquifers is they are unpredictable, you don't know where they go at any one time and they may shift tomorrow.
There are so many cases of the oil industry totally destrying a local environment, even when they followed all the rules. Here we had the Prestige disaster some years back. One incident, the consquences of which were catastrophic. And that's why we're very wary of all the promises made that this is perfectly safe. We just don't believe the oil industry any more when they tell us that something is safe.
One fuck up in one well in the Picos de Europa could destrpy an entire ecosystem from the peaks to the shore. In return for what? A few jobs and major profits for Repsol/BP.
The potential benefits don't seem to outweigh the huge risks, I'm willing to be convinced otherwise, but it's gonna take a lot more than some slick video presentations by companies who have a very, very poor track record.
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