Shale Gas

Common Sense about Fracking and Earthquakes

Land Research Ltd 15 March 2017

The promise of power. Dolly Parton is credited as saying “The way I see it is that if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain,”

You don’t have to be a qualified seismologist to understand something about hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and earthquakes.

Consider a few billion tonnes of rock a mile or two below the surface and put some water under pressure into a crack in that rock.  What does common sense tell you is going to happen?

The process uses water under pressure against millions, or even billions, of tonnes of rock.  Blackpool has always had earthquakes. Millions, even trillions, of tonnes of earth’s crust is under tension and stress and, occasionally, it moves a bit.  Now, if that tension and stress was on the edge of moving and causing a detectable quake, what fracking might do is trigger the quake which would have happened anyway.  More than that, what the injection of fluids are more likely to do is lubricate the movement which was about to happen anyway and make a series of short movements which would reduce the effect of the quake.  Blackpool might well have less detectable earthquakes, not more.

There is an expression used sometimes by journalists; “If the truth is stretched far enough, it becomes a lie.” Think about it.  Who is stretching the truth too far?

THE NATIONAL DEBT   19th March 2017

The UK economy is facing a sunset of over £3 trillion. A gift to our children.

At the start of the last parliament, the then government admitted a national debt of £1.3 trillion.  Now it is £1.5. If the Chancellor balances the government books by the end of the next parliament (if – ?), then they can start paying the debt off.  By that time, it will presumable be a bit higher still.  Now add in PFI contracts for building hospitals etc, and personal debt.  Let’s say at least £3 trillion.

Now.  Take some £50 notes.  Hold £1000 in a wodge; that will be about half an inch. Hold it on edge on the ground and add another wodge of £1000 and so on more. One foot will be £24,000.  The length of a medium-sized car, about £1 million.  Now drive that car round the world.

Round the world at the equator is 24,000 miles.  So, do the arithmetic. £3 trillion in £50 notes, laid flat against each other, would stretch round the whole world.  That is the size of the problem we are handing onto our children.  For their sake, let us import less and produce more ourselves. This is war time – economic warfare.  The only weapon we have that is powerful enough to dent debt that is shale gas from 2 miles underneath us. We have to do this. We have to do it safely and sensibly and now.