As well as the USA, where residents are fighting the expansion of Shale Gas Methane extraction, known as ‘fracking’: The Marcellus Shale documentary project Photographing fracking. NYTimes com
it is also a problem in Australia with Coal-seam Methane extraction: http://youtu.be/wCMcr27uAg4
I thought I would reblog this blog about academics receiving funding from ‘fracking’ companies who then post reports stating ‘fracking’ is safe. They have not only denied ground-water contamination but even reported it geologically safe after a number of earthquakes after ‘fracking’ has taken place. I believe this is more evidence why ‘fracking’ should be banned in this country.
Is the natural gas industry buying academics?
One of the reports mentioned in the blog above, mentions past coal mining activity in the past in an area of concern. Read-heading it reminded me of the fact Lancashire was heavily mined. Even under Manchester, there are numerous abandoned coal seams, with the ex-Commonwealth Games stadium on the former pit of Bradford Colliery, closed in about 1968:
PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE NORTHSTAR 1 CLASS II INJECTION WELL AND THE SEISMIC EVENTS IN THE YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, AREA
This is not just an issue in the US, Australia has similar environmental problems with coal-seam methane extraction by ‘fracking’: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2011/s3141787.htm
Viridis Lumen: Fracking Awful.