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Frackin’ Gas

The English government has made its biggest mistake ever!

Politicians are stupid!

Gas fracking: Ministers approve shale gas extraction

The government has given the go-ahead for a firm to resume the controversial technique known as fracking to exploit gas in Lancashire.

The company, Cuadrilla, was stopped from fracking after two tremors near Blackpool.

Conditions have been imposed to minimise the risk of seismic activity.

In fracking, a mixture of water, sand and some chemicals is pumped into a well under high pressure to force the gas from the rock.

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey said shale gas was a promising new potential energy resource for the UK. It might contribute significantly to energy security and substitute for imports which are increasing as North Sea gas is decreasing.

But he warned against over-excitement: “We are still in the very early stages of shale gas exploration in the UK and it is likely to develop slowly.

“It is essential that its development should not come at the expense of local communities or the environment. Fracking must be safe and the public must be confident that it is safe.”

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Opinion:

image: Decombustion

England is NOT America where you have wide open spaces.

1. The introduction of fracking will destroy the traditional quiet balmy rural English countryside.

The countryside will be scarred like this and worse.

2. The jury is still out as to whether fracking produces earthquakes. The earthquakes near Blackpool should be a warning, but once again, no one is listening.

3. Fracking IS proven to contaminate and pollute. The American experience of kitchen taps producing flammable water should be enough to stop this insidious practice, but again, nobody is listening.

I read this on another site:

“The process is safe and controlled

If all goes well,”

“If all goes well???” Well it won’t.

Fracking is hit and miss technology. Not enough is known about it, except that it is known to cause problems.

Even the  CEO of Cuadrilla Resources, the company operating near Blackpool where recent earthquakes have been attributed to their fracking operations, has admitted that “You never have control. Fractures will always go into the path of least resistance.”

Read that again, “you NEVER have control!”

The only thing that is known for a fact is that the companies get rich, and once again the people suffer!

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Gold – More Important than People

Peru protests at huge Conga gold mine in Cajamarca

Tempers are running high in the mountains of Cajamarca

Thousands of people in northern Peru have protested against plans for a huge open-cast goldmine in the high Andes.

People in the Cajamarca region say the proposed Conga mine will cause pollution and destroy water supplies.

The US-based mining company Newmont has promised modern reservoirs to replace threatened mountain lakes.

The dispute is a test for President Ollanta Humala, who has promised to continue mining development while protecting affected communities.

Mining is the main engine of Peru’s booming economy, but it is also the cause of numerous social conflicts around the country.

The $4.8bn (£3.1bn) Conga project would be the biggest mining investment in the country’s history.

On foot and on horseback, rural protesters climbed to four high mountain lakes whose waters would be moved to make way for the gold mine.

There were also protests in the regional capital, Cajamarca, 160km (100 miles) away, where schools and businesses closed and buses stopped running.

Opinion:

Cajamarca is one of the major cities in the north of Peru. It is not as grand as the cities in the south as many of the northern cities aren’t, but it’s what the people have.

Rural Cajamarca

.The country people live a simple life, basically subsistence farming in areas like this, but that is about to change.

The plans for the new Conga goldmine will devastate the region. Displacing people, poisoning the land, polluting the water with heavy metals and it will not be long before it reduces the area to an arid moonscape like this.

No subsistence farming here

The new government has promised more share of the profits from mining for people in the region. They don’t want profits, they want their lives left intact.

The company has promised reservoirs to replace the natural mountain lakes, the people don’t want reservoirs, they want the natural pure water, just the way it is and always has been.

These people are not interested in mining being the ‘main engine’ of Peru’s booming economy. They don’t see it, they never will see the booming economy. The booming economy is only for the city dwellers, the rich, Peru’s 1%.

Like countries all over the world, the government plunder the land of the poor to enrich the rich. They ignore the people, steal what little the people have, they don’t care as long as the coffers are filled.

 

 

 

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