Fracking worries spoil the UK shale gas party
Methane in the air.Scientists are concerned there have been high methane emissions during extraction. This escapes into the atmosphere and poses a a serious greenhouse effect problem, hampering climate change contingencies.
Methane in the water.If the methane escapes into water it could be pose a health risk. In some parts of America, people have been able to set their tap water on fire! Water shortage. Fracking uses an enormous amount of water. When you consider that the world is already concerned about future water shortages, it poses a question about its long term viability.
Truck traffic.Supplying all this water to the fracking site requires a lot of trucks. In one site in the US, they used 1000 truck trips. Not great if you live nearby and not good from a carbon footprint perspective. It could well be that shale gas IS the future of UK domestic and business gas supplies. But it's vital that we bear in mind the pitfalls.
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