Comments: Blackburn Diocese asks questions about fracking

From The Times 15 August

Let’s shatter these five myths about fracking
By Matt Ridley

"Here are five things they keep saying that are simply false. First, that shale gas production has polluted aquifers in America. Second, that it releases more methane than other forms of gas production. Third, that it uses a worryingly large amount of water. Fourth, that it uses hundreds of toxic chemicals. Fifth, that it causes damaging earthquakes. None is true."

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article3843114.ece

If you have a subscription.

Posted by Labarum at Friday, 16 August 2013 at 8:54am BST

There's an informative article in last week's New Scientist. The church sometimes gives the impression that it is contra mundum and aims for nothing other than to preserve the status quo in every respect. Galileo again. If we are to use our God-given intellects, then let the engineers continue their work and monitor it. I wonder if the church has invested in fracking companies.

Posted by stanley at Friday, 16 August 2013 at 7:06pm BST

This is the Matt Ridley who was chairman of Northern Rock when it went bust, surely not the ideal person to be lecturing us on risk management.

Simon

Posted by Simon Dawson at Friday, 16 August 2013 at 8:29pm BST

As a retired incumbent from Blackburn who is a geologist and worked in the mining industry, I am concerned about inaccuracies on both sides on fracking. Overstated allegations on toxic cocktails, water pollution and environmental damage do not help and put the church in a bad light.

Posted by Michael Roberts at Saturday, 17 August 2013 at 12:21pm BST

Fracking has indeed polluted the water in some places of the US. There is a town in Colorado, my state, where some of the people can actually light the water coming out of their faucets. Yes, the water catches fire and burns like a flambé.

There are people who work in the fracking industry who admit that pollution of the water table is an "unfortunate and unavoidable" by product.

I'm sure there are responsible ways to frack, and irresponsible. But right now we're having a hard time as citizens getting good information, and we're having a hard time getting our governments, to regulate.

Good luck to you.

Posted by Cynthia at Monday, 19 August 2013 at 5:47pm BST

@SImon

It's the Matt Ridley making a series of arguments you seem to have ducked from countering, in favour of a bit of mudslinging.

How these Christians etc...

Posted by Matt at Saturday, 24 August 2013 at 8:52am BST

> There is a town in Colorado, my state, where some of the people can actually light the water coming out of their faucets. Yes, the water catches fire and burns like a flambé.

This is a fake claim which has been debunked many times.

For example, here:
http://cogcc.state.co.us/Announcements/Hot_Topics/Hydraulic_Fracturing/GASLAND%20DOC.pdf

Gasland, and the hoaxed included therein, has a lot to answer for.

I'll leave aside the entirely different regulatory setup in the UK which doesn't allow such claims to be directly transferre.

Posted by Matt at Monday, 26 August 2013 at 10:05am BST
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