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    Is anyone else out there fighting the fracking proposal for the Karoo?

    If you are interested and want a reliable and active source of information, you can join the facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?...661460206&ap=1


    Alternatively you can simply copy and paste your complaints as per this article:

    http://blogs.fin24.com/stafftraining/fracking-hell

    We really need all the help we can get.

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    I hadn't ever heard of fracking up to now. After reading the ugly reality of fracking, I understand the concern.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    I have just watched Gasland, the documentary. I am so angry at the greed of this world, I could spit. The TKAG group on facebook are active and we are all making a difference, and winning small battles. We need more people to be involved and educated on the dangers of Fracking and the extent to which the major oil companies will go to defend their methods. Our entire future is at stake. We must stand together to stop this horrendous practice. It makes sense to me that if humans continue to destroy the earth, the earth will retaliate at some point, in some way. It is the law of nature. Always has been. Always will be.

    Hydraulic fracturing companies used 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE) as a foaming agent or surfactant in 126 products.

    According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists, 2-BE is easily absorbed and rapidly distributed in humans following inhalation, ingestion, or dermal exposure. Exposure to 2-BE can cause haemolysis (destruction of red blood cells) and damage to the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.

    The hydraulic fracturing companies injected 21.9m gallons of products containing 2-BE between 2005 and 2009. They used the highest volume of products containing 2-BE in Texas, which accounted for more than half of the volume used.

    EPA recently found this chemical in drinking water wells tested in Pavillion, Wyoming.

    Carcinogens

    Ninety-five products containing 13 different carcinogens including naphthalene (a possible human carcinogen), benzene (a known human carcinogen), and acrylamide (a probable human carcinogen) surface in the mix.

    Overall, 10.2m gallons of fracturing products containing at least one carcinogen with Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma taking the top three exposure spots.

    Hazardous air pollutants

    These may cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental and ecological effects. Fracking companies used 595 products containing 24 different hazardous air pollutants.

    Hydrogen fluoride is a hazardous air pollutant that is a highly corrosive and systemic poison that causes severe and sometimes delayed health effects due to deep tissue penetration. Absorption of substantial amounts of hydrogen fluoride by any route may be fatal.

    One of the hydraulic fracturing companies used 67 222 gallons of two products containing hydrogen fluoride in 2008 and 2009.

    Lead is a hazardous air pollutant that is a heavy metal that is particularly harmful to children’s neurological development. It also can cause health problems in adults, including reproductive problems, high blood pressure, and nerve disorders.

    One of the hydraulic fracturing companies used 780 gallons of a product containing lead in this five-year period.

    Methanol is the hazardous air pollutant that appeared most often in hydraulic fracturing products. Other hazardous air pollutants used in hydraulic fracturing fluids included formaldehyde, hydrogen chloride, and ethylene glycol.

    South Africa takes a position

    Five days after this report quietly made its entrance in the USA, South Africa took the lead as a developing nation in placing a moratorium on fracking. Details are as yet unknown save to say that South African civil society sought to stop fracking before it led to what the USA and Canada have already been exposed to. In the meantime the US EPA study continues and results are expected around 2013/2014.

    In the final analysis and where Shell officials did not err during their Karoo trumpeting session, was to state for the record that not all of the chemicals injected at high pressure into the underground are retrieved.

    In a DoE report of July 2010, prepared by Argonne National Laboratory under the title Water Management Technologies Used by Marcellus Shale Gas Producers, it was clearly stated that although some fracturing fluids are removed from the well at the end of the fracturing process, a substantial amount remains underground.


    The full article link here http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/view/mw...ail&pid=287226

    *Geraldine Bennett, a former high profile television anchor and energy sector executive, keeps an eye on environmental issues for Moneyweb. She can be reached via editor@moneyweb.co.za
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    Fully supportive via social media and action groups! Comon guys, get educated and join the resistance.

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    I sincerely hope this battle is already won, at least here in South Africa. With rising contaminated water on the reef already a headline concern, it's not like we're ignorant of the threat this poses.

    We don't need gas from shale! And it's certainly not worth risking our ground water for it.

    My only concern is that we didn't need most of the arms in the arms deal either...
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    The activists have won a small battle with the moratorium on fracking being imposed. But the power of money..and depth of destruction..this has the potential to make the arms deal look like petty pilfering. The war is far from over.

    These guys are doing an awesome job on a very small (read non existent) budget. Glad to see we have your interest piqued Dave :-))
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