According to today’s Guardian, fracking is to be allowed on 60% of this country’s land. Of course, it’s highly unlikely that it will happen to that extent but, to whatever extent it does happen, it’s going to soak up a vast amount of a resource that even in a moderately hot summer is in short supply – water.
Given how keen the water companies have been in the past to impose hosepipe bans, just how the hell do they hope to cope with the demands of fracking? I have, in the past seen reservoirs reduced to expanses of cracked mud after maybe 6 weeks without rain – if that happens in the future, who do you think will be considered a priority when it comes to doling out whatever water is left? Us – or frackers? Here’s a clue, only one of us bribes – sorry, donates to – the Tories.
Fracking not only consumes vast amounts of otherwise potable water, it also contaminates the groundwater that we might be using – just ask America.
Now consider this past year or two, with massive droughts in Australia and the US. Think what might happen on this relatively tiny island, chronically short of water every time the sun shines, in many areas, and along come these fracking tossers, to lay waste to what water we do have either by pumping it into the ground in the form of slurry, or by the slurry contaminating potentially useable groundwater – or both. Right now, all water companies are agreed we have ample supplies – for normal use. Add in fracking and an Oz-style drought – not impossible in these unpredictable times – and we would be seriously screwed.
Screwed because you can bank on it that a government that would give such a massive tax break – down from 62% to 30% – will not build into any licence the conditions that protect the needs of the populace, or existing industry, for water. It is, ffs, essential for life and life, even for the dishonest arsewipes running this country, must surely come before profits. Don’t hold your breath, though, as the reality is likely to be rolling domestic water outages so the fracking fuckers can continue to trash our island’s bedrock while we go thirsty, wearing last week’s unwashed clothes. Or worse…
I have no doubt that hosepipe bans, and water shut-offs will be introduced, but I’m guessing such events won’t apply to this corrupt government’s current favourite palm-greasers, who will continue to contaminate our diminishing water supply beyond recovery, and pour it into the ground while we go short, with rolling water shut-offs blighting domestic life and causing industrial shut-down on a massive scale. Hell, even a pub can’t operate without water, never mind, say, a car plant. Or a hospital.
Still, what does it matter if we go thirsty and unwashed, what remaining industry we have is devastated, and the country becomes one enormous, toxic mud puddle, just as long as Cameron’s and Osborne’s favourite new paymasters are kept happy? But bear one thing in mind, folks – the frackers don’t have a vote – come 2015, we do. Use yours wisely.
Originally published, in a different form, July 21, 2013.