With the release of the recent expert report, fracking has, once again become the topic du jour. What many people, including the government have seemed to miss is that the recent expert report was only seeking to establish whether risks of seismic activity could be mitigated. At protect kent we have much more deep rooted concerns about the potential damage that fracking could result in.
One of our biggest fears is the possibility of aquifer pollution from the ‘slick’ water that would be used to frack a well. This water is usually a combination of water, sand and a variety of chemicals, some of which could be toxic. When a well is fractured, this water is pumped at extremely high pressure into the shale rock below the ground. At a very basic level, our concern is that if some of this water escapes the well, it could end up in our drinking water. This is quite obviously a bad thing.
As you’ll all know, Kent is an extremely water stressed county. We currently have a hosepipe ban and with the many new developments the county is constantly under threat from, our water security is becoming less and less assured. A huge amount of water can be used in a high pressure frack. Each of the wells can be fracked repeatedly, with between 7 and 11 million litres being used to extract the shale gas. Where will this water come from? Will a company be allowed to frack for shale gas whilst the rest of us collect water from the standpipe in the street? I wonder…
Whilst fracking may well result in Greater energy security in the short term, it’s not a game changer. What the UK should be doing is attempting to invest its money and resources into renewable sources of energy that are future proof. By perpetually investing in fossil fuels we are simply looking to energy technologies of the past, and this failure to progress could well cause us many, many problems in the future.
What do you think?