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Fracking's impact on wildlife remains unknown, study finds

Fracking's impact on wildlife remains unknown, study finds | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"A decade into North America’s fracking boom, the impact on wildlife and the environment remains largely unknown, according to a new study.

“We’re conducting a giant experiment without even collecting the important data on the water, air, land or wildlife impacts,” said Sara Souther, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, one of the co-authors of the peer-reviewed research examining the environmental impacts of shale gas development in the US and Canada.

Although the technique of hydraulic fracturing shale has been used for at least 20 years, there is “surprisingly little research” on impacts, found the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment."

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When the U. S. Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Forest Service, and most State land management agencies permit fracking, they are required to assess effects.  However, these agencies tend to ignore or make only feeble attempts to measure the consequences of one of their decisions.  This is why the millions of acres of public land in the U. S. are in such poor condition.


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Fractured Fracking Tails: Self-Destruction of an Industry on the Ropes

Fractured Fracking Tails: Self-Destruction of an Industry on the Ropes | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
As Denton seeks to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking, the industry is trying to frame the fight in economic terms. But that turns out to be a poor choice.
Garry Rogers's insight:

This story accuses frackers of ignoring environmental responsibilities. It sounds like some of the stories we hear about the coal, oil, and gas sectors of the energy industry--Hey wait, it also sounds like the GMO, pesticide, fertilizer industry, the military arms industry, the transportation industry, the financial industry, the building industry, the logging industry, the grazing industry, the politics industry, . . . .  Too much.  Is human industry inevitably destructive?  Perhaps Jesus and Marx were simply naïve about human nature and in reality inequity and materialism will always rule.  How will nature survive us?

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Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries

Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Brewers say that contaminated groundwater would ruin a centuries-old tradition and industry.

"When the Bavarian Purity Law was first declared in 1487, not a single European had stepped on the land above the Marcellus Shale in the Eastern United States. The First Nations of Canada weren’t fighting natural gas pipelines, because as far as natural resources go, the Alberta tar sands were centuries away from being in the picture—as was the internal combustion engine.

"Yet the law, the Reinheitsgebot, which strictly dictates the ingredients that can be used in making beer, is giving the powerful German brewing industry historic ammunition against the creeping potential for new natural gas exploration.

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In the United States, people have begun recycling their urine.  How can the beer makers complain about using filthy water; the issue has been discussed ever since indoor toilets were invented.

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Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds - Telegraph

Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds - Telegraph | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Less than a quarter of the public now supports shale gas extraction, energy department research suggests, contradicting findings from an industry-backed poll
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Cameron's support for fracking is typical of governments everywhere that are controlled by energy companies willing to sacrifice the environment for economic benefits.  Cameron is going to find it more and more difficult to support fracking as negative public attitudes increase.


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BS in Britain: Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house prices

BS in Britain:  Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house prices | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Government urged to publish sections cut from study into impact of shale gas wells on local communities
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