I was interested to read the response from the Lib Dem Councillor Kathleen Dumbovic to my letter concerning the prospect of cheap, abundant, reliable and environmentally benign shale gas in Balcombe.
Ms Dumbovic’s expressed concerns about the quantity of water involved in the initial and brief hydraulic fracturing process. I think some perspective would be useful for readers here.
The amount of water used, 7,500 cubic metres, according to the Middy, on a one-off basis, to frack in Balcombe for shale gas, is quite insignificant, when compared to the potential of vast reserves of cheap, low-carbon gas. Don’t forget that 190,000 cubic metres of water are lost every day between South East Water and Southern Water.
Also the ‘slick’ water used in fracking is 99.86 per cent water and sand.
Regarding Ms Dumbovic’s concerns regarding the safety of ‘fracking’, I think the following observation, by a very well informed academic, on the safety of shale gas and fracking very telling.
Professor Alan Riley, of the City of London University, spoke a few weeks ago at a Foreign Affairs Committee entitled “Energy Roadmap 2050: EU External Policies for Future Energy Security”.
Professor Riley pointed out that they’ve been fracking for decades in the USA, a country with perhaps the most litigious society in the world.
There are queues of lawyers willing to take up perceived grievances on a no-win-no-fee basis. The fact that this hasn’t happened is the best possible evidence that there is no major risk from fracking, despite the alarmist campaigns of the some of the media, the Greens and the Lib Dems.
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