A quick note from the editor: You’d think we in the U.S. had had no problems with the practice of fracking. Doesn’t anyone pay attention to what’s going on with this stuff? Doesn’t anyone care? What’s going on?
Ministers have been advised to allow the controversial practice of fracking for shale gas to be extended in Britain, despite it causing two earthquakes and the emergence of serious doubts over the safety of the wells that have already been drilled.
The advice of the first official British government report into fracking, published on Tuesday, is all but certain to be accepted by ministers, with the result that thousands of new wells could be drilled across the UK.
The experts say hydraulic fracturing, whereby a well is drilled hundreds of metres deep and pumped full of water, sand and chemicals in order to release methane gas, should be allowed on a wide scale, although they accept that two small earthquakes in Blackpool last spring were caused by the first stages of fracking activities in the only British plants operating.
For more on this story, visit: Gas ‘fracking’ gets green light | Environment | The Guardian.