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I read an article a few days ago in the most respectable of newspapers, The Sun. It was a piece written by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, about his complaints with wind farms. Basically, what he said was wind farms are pointless and ugly and that nuclear energy and fracking were just as safe and just as green as renewable energy. To be honest, I thought the entire thing was satirical for a while. It wasn’t. Politicians are just that blatant with their lies and bought opinions.
Now, I’ve been getting quite into this whole hydraulic-fracturing thing for quite a while. For those of you that don’t know about it, fracking is where those bastard oil companies I have spoken to you about before drill down into the ground a few hundred feet, and then drill horizontally for a while. Then what they do is the force a load of sand and water and chemicals down into the ground with a hell of a lot of pressure to fracture the rocks and release what’s called shale gas as apparently there’s enough under the ground of the UK to give us energy for the next 25 years. Wowzers! 25 years! This means that we can put off the idea of actually trying to save the planet and use renewable energy for another quarter century and just leave it until we’re completely fucked for things to do. But this isn’t my problem.
Fracking has been going on in the USA now for a few years. These oil companies will find the land with big amounts of shale under it and offer the land owners a large amount of money and cheap gas in exchange for the land. A lot of people straight up sell but some don’t. The ones who don’t sell up will either be threatened into it, have it done anyway or have their land destroyed in spiteful vengeance. “Have their land destroyed?” you ask? Yes. Destroyed. I’ll get to that shortly.
One of the biggest problems with this method of getting gas from the ground, gas that probably needs to be there as it has been for millions of years, is how unsafe the techniques are. There are very often leaks from the ground where all the chemicals seep into natural water thus rendering it extremely fucking dangerous. “How dangerous?” You ask? Well I’ll show you a video, shall I?
That doesn’t seem right, does it? That’s all the “harmless” chemicals that these bastard oil companies use making water very, very dangerous. It becomes completely undrinkable and so bad you can’t even bath in it. Let’s have a look at a list of some chemicals found in water tainted by fracking shall we?
- Ethylene Glycol
- Hydrochloric Acid
That’s just a few. You might notice some of the names from fucking nuclear weapons. Methane alone is 17% higher in drinking water that comes from sources near fracking sites than there should be naturally. All-in-all about 30% of the water they fracture from the shale rocks in collected. The rest just seeps into your eco-system. This means that they don’t really produce enough energy to run the wells that actually produce it. The rest just goes to killing fish, animals and probably you.
That list up there is just a list of the chemicals that get pumped into the well. There are a while host of other nasty chemicals that get blown out or are created when a combination of other chemicals are mixed. Weapons-grade plutonium being one of the chemicals found in a towns drinking water and is that really what you want? Are you willing to put up with having to buy all of your water, be it for drinking, bathing, cleaning the house, cleaning your car, watering the plants, bottled? Because you will have to. Gone will be the days of waking up in the middle of the night to go and get a glass of water. You’ll have to ration it all very carefully because the water you use to so freely have will be so toxic it is illegal to use in war zones and void of life.
But this is all very good news for big oil as there next plan is to privatize all the worlds water. That’s right. They plan on turning water into the new oil. The owner of BP has even said in interviews that the plan is to control the worlds drinking water because when you control a peoples water you have total control of the people, but I digress.
Fracking has also been known to cause earthquakes, so you also have that to look forward to.
The reason I’m banging on about this and not being very funny today is because fracking is now coming to the UK and Europe. There has been a lot of land bought up by these companies in South Wales. Nice looking land. In the country. With our hills and mountains and rivers and streams. And they plan of fucking destroying it so they can make a bit of money and this will happen. They pay our government a shit-ton of money (it’s called lobbying and it should be very, very illegal) and in exchange the government will tell us all that fracking is fine and it’s harmless and it will be good for our country and good for our economy. Well don’t fucking listen to them. Don’t listen to a word they say. Open a new tab and Google “fracking documentaries” as I have only told you a small, small part about the dangers of it. Hopefully just enough to get you concerned.