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Fracking for Gas in New Zealand
There is nothing good that can be said about fracking. In what Naomi Klein calls "extreme energy" it is one of the ways in which humanity is taking extreme risks to get fuel. But in this case they are potentially deadly -to you. And I wish I was being alarmist, but I fear not.
Anna Chinn in the Otago Daily Times last week put it very well -"We must ban hydraulic fracturing, a highly toxic process used to extract natural gas and oil from the earth. It involves sending several hundred hazardous chemicals whizzing down a high-pressure hydroslide — wheee! — directly into the ground in order to break up rock to release gas and oil. This is otherwise known as fracking. Many of the chemicals used are not publicly known, either because the exploration companies are not required to disclose any information about them, or because they are able to protect the secret recipe for fracking fluid as their intellectual property."
Fracking has been controversial in the United States for a long time. It has been strongly opposed by residents whose water is affected and by environmentalists. It has lead to massive contamination of groundwater to the point where they are drinking water with so many chemicals you would think that no company could do this to people.The state of New York recently imposed a moratorium.