Frack on or frack off – with a planet awash with oil and gas and the producers managing costs by limiting supply and authorising trying to redress emissions, the government has granted a licence for a full scale scheme to go ahead despite all local opinion up to county council level in opposition to it.
The extraction process involves a vertical shaft into the shale and then in a horizontal direction for half a mile to one mile (no information on this) under the local area.
The hard layer of shale is then crumbled by the injection of water and chemicals (again no information on the quantity of chemicals).
From the one vertical shaft it is possible to drill in an arc of 160 degrees under all the land.
In coal mines supports are installed and yet still subsidence occures and water laden with chemicals has to sink down to the water table.
No attempt to explain away these problems is made, just a justification on economic grounds. How to transport the resulting product is overlooked.
A D Freeman
St Lawrence Court
St Lawrence Avenue
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