Fire On The Water: Natural Occurrence or Fracking?
Fracking is getting a lot of negative publicity lately. There was a time in early oil exploration when oil quite regularly saturated the ground. Capping procedures improved, better systems were built, and eventually, the process became routine. Fracking is still in its infancy and most of the public hasn't a clue what the process is about. Lack of knowing is creating fear. It seems that growing pains, risk assessments, and changes are imminent with all of the turmoil, people, and places effected by the procedure.
"The companies that extract coal seam gas via fracking are duping people into believing that their technology is safe, while in reality it has contributed greatly to the pollution of sites like Condamine river located in the Australian state of Queensland just near the fracking site, Greens MP" Jeremy Buckingham said in an interview to RT.
“This gas is leaking out of the ground because of the fracking. They have thousands of gas wells around this river, around this site. They drill, they frack, but the gas isn’t just flowing up their gas wells, it’s coming through the ground,” he said, stressing that Origin Energy company, that operate the wells, “should be condemned for polluting one of our most important rivers.”
Speaking of how to prevent the fracking industry from damaging the environment, he said that Australia should ban fracking as an unsafe practice altogether.
“What we are waiting in Australia is a moratorium on fracking,” he said, adding that fracking should be viewed as a global threat and its spreading should make people around the world “terrified.”
"These kind of statements are making people nervous when they shouldn't be" Says an oil and gas official who says the methane coming off the water is nothing to do with what happens far below.
Those most affected are those who live by the wells. Whether gas escaping from the earth is caused by fracking, or is simply a natural phenomenon, negative publicity has put residents nerves on edge. Getting to the truth in every instance is important, and not just a sensationalized story. What do you think?