This Article is About
disaster
toxic cocktail
toxic chemicals
drilling rigs
shale
Fracking: An Enviromental Disaster
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Fracking: An Enviromental Disaster

So let me get this straight, a large multinational oil company wants to take the Karoo, possibly the most fragile environment on the planet, divide it up into little blocks essentially. And then drill down to about 5km, pump millions of litres of water mixed with a toxic cocktail of chemicals they refuse to divulge the contents of at unbelievably high pressures in order to break up the shale to allow the gas to escape to be siphoned off.

And they say that there is nothing that can go wrong, Ok they say that there is not much that can go wrong! They say that there are no documented cases of fracking accidents, ...maybe they say that there are no documented cases of serious fracking accidents. They obviously do not have access to the internet, maybe they live in China! Any spill of toxic chemicals of unknown composition in the Karoo is serious!

Oh! and they also say that gas is more environmentally friendly than oil! Well lets just look at that one for a minute! We take a fragile environment, truck millions of litres of water in, because there is not much water in the Karoo, as well as all the equipment and drilling rigs for potentially thousands of drill sites. Then we mix up our witches brew, and pump that together with the trucked in water and force it into the earth at extreme pressure! And this is more environmentally friendly than oil! And with the escaping gas a fair percentage of the now contaminated water is regurgitated out of the borehole, and we will store it in pits in the ground on the earth, but hey not all of it just about 20 – 30 %, because the rest we will reuse to pollute another hole nearby! So they say that all this activity will have No impact on the veld or the ground water! Ok maybe they say that all this activity will have little impact on the veld and ground water! Except for the water becoming inflammable and the veld being trucked into oblivion I suppose they might be right!

Anybody and everybody who has any interest in the welfare of the Karoo, or any other part of the planet where these people wish to strip-mine the earth in this fashion needs to be aware of what is going on and stand together and tell these companies to Get The frack out of the karoo!! or anywhere else you may be messing up the environment and the lives of the people living there.


Street Talk

sun and wind, they don't tap into that full tilt because it is clean renewable and debt free once the system is installed. Fraking is merely another way of tying the consumer to more debt at the expense of ......the planet? Good article David, posted in March 2012. Have you seen all the new evidence for health risks in relation to Fraking? Might be time to update. Of course none of the death or chronic sickness can be tied to the responsable corporate party....

Reply
  about 8 years ago

I don't know anything about Karoo, but they do it in Taranaki New Zealand, no problems everything is good. Just thought I would mention it, but don't really want to get into it, as i know there is a lot of people against it.

Reply
  about 9 years ago

David Great topic this just tells me and the rest of the world that business as usuall nothing changes we continue to rape the earth and expect no reprucussions...how nieve we are, or sorry very stupid we humans are. We watch weather patterns in the world turn around and bite in the ass. Winterless winters...early than usuall tornadoes, bigger and badder...more destruction...tsumani wipe out thousands of lives in and instant...nuclear disaster, could have been worst for the world, oh maybe next time, how many more are to be built?...just off the top of my head we need real change, I do not see it coming, we continue to use and pollute our envirnooment at an alarming rate, Canada thinks the oil from the oil sand will make our nation rich and powerful, he will makke our nation a black eye on the world..I could go on and on,I am so disgusted with the worlds response to global warning and the raping of the planet...Canada is shameless as are all the rest money rules and until it does not we are screwed...Just my take... Tim

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Tim, it is true, we are really misusing the earths resources, and the big organisations especially continue to bribe governments to let them do it.

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

Great article David

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Daniel, appreciate the compliment

Reply
  about 1 decade ago
You May Also Like
The Big Disaster Of This Decade Explained
Think about all the seismic activity that happens all over the world. Where you aware of that? Many people are not and I can guarantee that your eyes will sparkle with surprise as they were mine. Do you remember what happened in that year on Christmas Eve in Asia? The…
By: SARAHESPOSITO in  News and Society  >  Weather   Apr 18, 2012  
1
  Likes: 2

How To Avoid Revolving Round The Circle Of Trading Disaster
If you’ve been trading for any amount of time you should know by now that those periods constituting the dips on your trading investments equity curve aren’t really that easy to get past without making some serious irrational trading decisions only adding to the size of your loses. This owes…
By: Abba Anas in  Investing  >  Day Trading   Jan 19, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Divorce- A Disaster for Everyone Involved
This is a topic I am oh so familiar with. As a country we all seem to be growing way too tolerant of broken, dysfunctional families. Is it only me or does it seems like more and more American’s are giving up on traditional family values? Do we even know…
By: Julie Larralde in  Relationships  >  Divorce   Jun 30, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Every Master Was Once A Disaster
Don’t let perfection get in the way of being good. No one is perfect. But it takes time to even get close to that unrealistic goal. Learning from mistakes is major asset for success. Either your mistakes or the mishaps of another, there is always a message behind the madness.…
By: Brad Kirsch in  Self Improvement  >  Personal Growth   Aug 25, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Life Saving Disaster Package…
Having 72 hour emergency packs ready for a survival situation or a natural disaster is a great way to prepare your family for these scary events. The kit will contain the necessary items to get your through the initial days after the disaster. This article will discuss some of the…
By: rileypoole in  Home Improvement  >  Security   Aug 20, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Can Success Be Disastrous?
What would you answer if someone asked you ‘can success be disastrous?’ This was a question that I was asked by a friend this week and I have to confess I was initially stumped because I hadn’t been expecting it. Well I know people who appear successful and yet it…
By: BIS_Coach in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Aug 18, 2012  
6
  Likes: 3

Rules For A Gentleman
Is chivalry dead? With the ever changing battle of the sexes, it may be confusing for men just how they should be. However, some things don't change. Being thoughtful, kind, and considerate is fundamental for gentlemen. Yet, some men seem to have lost their manners and common sense. To add…
By: Melissa Michaels in  Relationships  >  Communication   Nov 22, 2012  
3
  Likes: 2

Our World Is Changing - Are Your Eyes Open?
So have I got your attention....good! Because there is something you need to be aware of if you’re not already. Our world is changing and it’s becoming more and more scary. Do you know why? Ask yourself this question: What is the most important thing to you? Is it your…
By: Kirsty Kraynik in  Health and Fitness  >  Environmental Issues   Aug 10, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

The Latest Skysports News C
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a strange season but was back to his best in Tuesday night's impressive Champions League win over Wolfsburg, according to Guillem Balague. Ronaldo has had an indifferent campaign, but was at his destructive peak at the Bernabeu, netting a hat-trick to bring Real Madrid back from…
By: Rocky Rogers8 in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Do Something About It!
For me, there is no worse sound in the world then the "BEEP, BEEP, BEEP' of heavy equipment. It means that something is getting destroyed, and it is usually habitat. Today, as I headed out to do my morning chores on the farm, I noticed a Rappahanock Electric Co-op truck…
By: Shelley5 in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 18, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

High Quality Effort for High Stakes Disaster!
The commodities required during a rescue effort can be extensive. It becomes really difficult to outline how to rate different products and service. However the need is evaluated on the basis of how a certain product can provide an immediate positive impact on the displaced people. Typical products like food…
By: Yang Lee in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 16, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Do You Need A Personal Trainer Henley - on - thames?
If you have been trying to lose weight, but have not been able to reach your goals, you should consider investing in Personal Training Henley-On-Thames. Even though there are so many ways in which you could manage to reach the desired physique, you should know that this task can be…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  News and Society  >  Environmental   May 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Recycling Precious Metals is A Wise Choice
Choosing to recycle any type of precious metal is a wise decision for several reasons. Not only is this type of metal worth money, it is always beneficial to recycle and reuse our resources to sustain our environment. Precious metal comes in many shapes, forms, and colors. Continue reading to…
By: Sarahbeth in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Tire Disposal And Tire Recycling
The environmental problems have become so widespread that we cannot afford to ignore this anymore. There are many alarming issues as far as the environmental devastation is concerned, and one such threat to your surroundings is caused by the inappropriate utilization of tires that are worn out. Although people keep…
By: Gerard Kamen in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 12, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Who is Participating In IPL 2016
An Overview of IPL 2016 9th April to 29th May 2016 is the schedule of 9th edition of Indian Premiere League. Mumbai Indians is the defending champion team of this tournament due to which the first match of IPL 2016 and the final match of the tournament will be played…
By: lilyjhon in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 09, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 3039    Report this Article