Fracking v the people – who gets the water?

Unless I fell asleep and missed it – not impossible right now with my drug load – I don’t recall any dire warnings of hose-pipe bans during the heat-wave. In fact, on this web page, the water companies lay out their plans for any possible bans this year – there aren’t any. Given how keen they’ve been in the past to impose bans, I find the claim that this weather would have to last into next year before they’d even consider a ban a tad over-optimistic, not to mention absurd – just how the hell is this weather supposed to last through the winter? I have, in the past seen reservoirs reduced to expanses of cracked mud after maybe 6 weeks without rain – we’re heading there.

Could this be anything to do with this corrupt government’s wooing of the egregious fracking industry, not wanting to give these water-guzzling bastards the idea that the UK is chronically short of water and the fact that we have plenty right now is due solely to an unusually long wet period only recently ended?

And 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, 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 – what industry we have left will devastated by having to shut down through lack of water.

Just wait and see…


4 thoughts on “Fracking v the people – who gets the water?

  1. I agree totally with you Ron. Where there is money to be made and fingers in companies you can forget about us and our island! You know they don’t give a frack what they are doing and if we all think logically, its another way of getting rid of certain types of people…

  2. Great post Ron & of course you’re right on both counts. People with money can buy water in and the companies who will use our valuable drinking water won’t give a rats ass for those who can’t afford to buy enough to drink & cook with then add all the other things we need water for. This corrupt Government would sell their own Grannies for a profit if they could.

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  4. just been reading this on that subject….. the answer is in this email i got from Michael Meacher MP. who seems to be the only MP totally on the side of the people. if he isnt hes doing a good job at fooling us……..
    Michael Meacher MP

    And another thing, water

    Posted: 21 Jul 2013 04:30 AM PDT

    Did you know that two-thirds of our water companies are owned by foreigners? Does it matter? Well, yes it does. They can major on water supplies in their own home country and neglect the UK arm of their business, they can fail to deal quickly or adequately with leaks in the UK even when it involves foul water, and they can decline to invest in urgently needed new facilities. The classic example of the latter is Thames Water, owned by the Australian bank Macquarie, which is now demanding that the UK taxpayers shell out £4bn for a new so-called super-sewer, despite having drained off huge profits and imposed fast rising prices since privatisation. Of the 10 big water companies most are now in the hands of private equity consortia, often foreign-owned, whose objective is not better water supplies for the British people but rather leveraging to procure rapid profits, sweating the assets, and then exiting within 5 years leaving behind huge debts.

    More than £100 a year of an average household bill, that is about 30%, goes on profit, compared with 9% in the energy sector which is itself known for egregious profiteering. In the last 10 years water bills have risen by a massive 64%, compared with an increase of just 28% in average earnings. In the last 3 years alone average earnings have fallen by 7% while water bills have continued to rise remorselessly. There is no competition in the water industry and the only potential constraint is the industry regulator, but he has chosen to succumb to corporate lobbying in allowing water bills to continue to shoot upwards to feed fancy executive bonuses and big dividend handouts. Last year alone, National Debtline took a record number of calls for help with water debts, and there were more such distress calls over water bills than over problems with rent or mortgage payments.

    So what should be done? The water industry in England and Wales is subject neither to consumer (market) pressure nor to government control. Unlike energy, it is rarely subject to political or media criticism. The UK is also unusual in having a largely private sector-dominated industry, with France the only other OECD country in this position. That’s why private water ownership in Europe is increasingly concentrated in two large French-based multinational companies, Veolia and Suez. But the City of Paris re-municipalised its water supply in 2010, and where municipalities particularly across the southern eurozone countries are selling off their water assets, it is only under the pressure of austerity. Clearly, because there is no competition in private water ownership, because the UK water companies are not investing to meet Britain’s national interest, and because they have put profits, management bonuses and shareholders’ dividends before consumers’ interests, the UK water industry should be taken back into public ownership along with the railways, Royal Mail, and at least some banks and energy companies.

    sorry its long but i have no way of forwarding the email to you Ron.

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