Fracking Continues to Divide Opinion Across the Globe
The UK Government may have given a green light to fracking in a bid to take advantage of large quantities of shale gas but across the globe opinions are still divided over the controversial practice. Residents in rural Texas travelled to the state capital this week to demand a ban on fracking north of Fort Worth after 30 earthquakes have occurred in the area since November. Last year researchers linked drill sites to seismic activity in parts of Ohio.
The US Forest Service has produced concerns from environmental groups and local communities with its decision to allow drilling in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. George Hawkins from the District of Columbia Water and Sewerage Authority is particularly worried about the potential effects on water supplies, saying; “The Potomac is our exclusive water source. We don’t have anywhere else to go for our drinking water if there’s a mistake or problem.”
Debate over the subject is also growing in Australia where all oil and gas deposits below private land are still owned by the state. The practice was banned in Victoria in 2012 and up until now fracking has only occurred on a small scale with approximately 2,500 people employed. Industry experts are predicting that the situation will change in the next 12 months.
Meanwhile the Sussex village of Balcombe which was at the centre of protests last summer will not become a fracking site. The news comes after a report from drilling company Cuadrilla revealed rock formations in the area were already fractured making any further work unnecessary.