Population, power and safe shale


  • With all the talk of politics and the not-too-far-off election, there is little talk of the power needs of the expanding population.
  • Developing shale gas in the UK is, really is, an election issue in the UK.
  • Safe shale is possible.

By Bill Butterworth

24 March 15

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A rainbow lighting up a power line support post; symbols of the power of nature and the power needs of an expanding population on earth.

To see the World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

If man’s excesses can be controlled, then this is and could remain a beautiful world. Could? Well, man’s greed and stupidity over military conflict are areas we might start with but we’d be likely not changing the course of history. Population growth? Well. Again, we are not likely to address the issue but then nature will, sooner rather than later, do it for us.

Energy and power needs? Well, that is what makes shale gas an election issue. The politicians will talk about the Health Service and the economy but avoid shale as a contentious issue. But that IS what the other things are about. The economy and affording the Health Service are about population growth and energy needs. Shale is the only answer, even if it is a contentious issue.

Safe shale? Well, for drilling the top hole at least, there is at least one drilling fluid available that I have offered to drink in front of a television camera.