Why bother to frack?

NT News - - OPINION -

WHETHER to frack or not is much in the news so I hope the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion helps.

Frack­ing has been banned in France, Ger­many, Bul­garia and Scot­land.

A num­ber of coun­ties and states in the USA have also banned frack­ing.

This in­cludes New York, Ver­mont, Mary­land, Cal­i­for­nia, Texas, Michi­gan, West Vir­ginia, etc.

France banned frack­ing in 2011 and the ban was up­held in 2012.

When asked to com­ment, Pres­i­dent Sarkozy ex­plained that France will main­tain a ban on frack­ing un­til there is proof that shale gas ex­plo­ration won’t harm the en­vi­ron­ment or “mas­sacre” the land­scape.

Scot­land banned frack­ing last Oc­to­ber and the Scot­tish En­ergy Min­is­ter Paul Wheel­house said al­low­ing frack­ing would lead to un­jus­ti­fi­able en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age and un­der­mine the gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tions to cut car­bon emis­sions.

Economists with KPMG had es­ti­mated that al­low­ing frack­ing to take place would in­crease Scot­land’s GDP by only about 0.1 per cent, but would cause en­vi­ron­men­tal ruin in ar­eas where it took place.

With their sig­nif­i­cant bank bal­ances and hired PR agen­cies, the Aus­tralian min­ing in­dus­try has been in­un­dat­ing us about jobs growth and cas­cad­ing dol­lars.

They are the 1 per cent who will ben­e­fit.

Ter­ri­tory dads and mums will not see a sil­ver coin.

In­stead their chil­dren will in­herit pol­luted air, wa­ter and soil, de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, and all other ru­inous out­comes. Choose.

Tony Rus­sell, Rose­bery

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