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Old 05-08-2012, 03:17 PM   #1801988  /  #1
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Default Fracking: A dehydrated UK, watered only by capitalism

Seriously, I can't read this article without thinking just fucking end this fucking fucked up human race now and save ourselves and the rest of the planet the misery.

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When the UK's water infrastructure is already in severe drought, why is fracking even being considered?

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Draining the UK dry

There has been a huge amount of attention and focus on the contamination process and structural damage caused by fracking. These concerns are of course, extremely valid, but attention, analysis and focus must be directed towards the sheer volume of water used in the fracking process. Water: nature's most important and kindest gift to humanity. How ironic it is then, that humanity shows its gratitude by intentionally wasting and poisoning this precious life source. It is nothing short of stomach-churning, attempting to rationalise the gargantuan volume of water that is used in the extraction of yet another fossil fuel. And how much water exactly are we talking about?

Amount of water used
: It's estimated that between two and five million gallons of locally sourced freshwater are used for each fracking attempt, depending on the depth of the well. That's the equivalent of using the amount of freshwater that would fill four to ten Olympic sized swimming pools each time a well is flushed.

Number of wells drilled onto each pad
: As fracking evolves, the number of wells per football pitch-sized pad is predicted at 20. However, the present proposals for operations in the UK is ten per pad.
Number of times a well is fracked: Examples in the US cite 18 fracks per well, but the estimates for the UK, following the test fracking last year, are between five and ten fracks per well.

A conservative average of the sums above would be: three million gallons per frack x ten wells per pad x seven fracks per well = 210 million gallons per site.

That calculation is just for one single site in the UK. Cuadrilla Resources, which carried out the the first test fracking in the UK, have plans for between 40 and 80 sites in Lancashire alone. If we take the midpoint of this range, 60 sites, and multiply it by the above calculation of 210 million gallons per site, that is a total of 12.6 billion gallons of fresh water mixed with toxic substances. That chemical cocktail will be just one of many responsible for eroding and mutilating the foundations of the planet we live in.

If yet another reason was needed why fracking should not even be contemplated in the UK, the Environment Agency has declared that East Anglia, the South East, parts of Yorkshire, the Midlands and the South West are officially in drought. We have been banned from using hosepipes, and the impact on farming, the environment and water supplies is nothing short of a dire emergency, yet companies will willingly sell the sacred water to power fracking in the UK.

This, of course, would have never been allowed to happen if water stayed as it was intended to be - a public utility. Thatcherism changed all that, however, and our water was placed into the grubby, profit-grabbing claws of private companies. The hypocritical private companies now stand over the British public, instructing them to be mindful and responsible with personal water consumption. Golden nuggets of advice are bombarded upon us: "Take a shower instead of a bath"; "Don't forget to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth"; and "If you try and use a hosepipe to water your plants or vegetables, a 1,000 ($1,600) fine awaits".

As we currently experience the driest period in the UK since 1976 (despite recent soggy conditions), a leakage table released from industry regulator Ofwat, shows water companies in England and Wales are wasting, through leaks, a staggering 3.3 billion litres every day.

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So, we should do more of this in the US? I think we should especially use it in the midwest, where they are already starting to see signs of a water shortage (everyone seems to have forgotten the dust bowl days).

Fuck it, let's get it over with.....
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You can just drink the water after they use it for fracking.
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The earth has 326 million trillion gallons of water . . . quit your bitchin'.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #1802185  /  #6
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210 million Imperial gallons = 774 acre-feet
12,600 million Imperial gallons = 46,438 acre-feet

Normal volume of Wikipedia reference-linkLake Mead = 26,134,000 acre-feet

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In 2008/9, household consumption in London amounts to 1,217 million litres per day or 71% of total consumption. A further 492 million litres per day (29%) is non-household consumption (commercial and industrial water use). However, consumption itself amounts to about 74% of the total ‘demand’, with 26% leakage.


1,217,000,000 liters = 987 acre-feet (household consumption/day)
492,000,000 liters = 399 acre-feet (industrial consumption/day)
1,709,000,000 liters = 1,385 acre-feet (total consumption/day)
444,340,000 liters = 360 acre-feet (total lost to leaks/day)

So, one fracking attempt consumes enough water to supply most of London's household water consumption (minus leaks) for a day. Big numbers in isolation just look big. Helps to place them in perspective.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #1802194  /  #7
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So, we should do more of this in the US? I think we should especially use it in the midwest, where they are already starting to see signs of a water shortage (everyone seems to have forgotten the dust bowl days).

Fuck it, let's get it over with.....
it's not as critical a problem as you might think. the country just to our north has something like half the world's freshwater, and we have something like the most badass military ever, so
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the UK is the only country in the world to regularly have floods AND hosepipe bans simultaneously. i dont see how they can fuck up the water supply and distribution much more tbqh.


i'd be more worried about this, than drying up the UK.

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According to Dr Paul Hetzler, a technician who was responsible for investigating and managing groundwater contamination at the New York Department for Environmental Conservation: "If you were looking for a way to poison the drinking water supply, you could not find a more chillingly effective and thorough method of doing so than with hydraulic fracturing."
besides there was this article in the Mail on Sunday that said that flammable tapwater and earthquakes are actually caused by too many immigrants.
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does fracking require freshwater?
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does fracking require freshwater?
http://shaleshock.org/drilling-101/

apparently it does.
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the UK is the only country in the world to regularly have floods AND hosepipe bans simultaneously. i dont see how they can fuck up the water supply and distribution much more tbqh.


i'd be more worried about this, than drying up the UK.
Yeah it's called capitalism. It is fucking scary. It fucks up most everything, as it goes.
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Freshwater you ain't getting back unless you evaporate it while somehow separating the noxious molecules from the steam.
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the UK is the only country in the world to regularly have floods AND hosepipe bans simultaneously. i dont see how they can fuck up the water supply and distribution much more tbqh.


i'd be more worried about this, than drying up the UK.
Yeah it's called capitalism. It is fucking scary. It fucks up most everything, as it goes.
dont be daft, if it were just about capitalism they would forcibly charge you for both flood clearup coast AND for the water you dont use whilst banned from using yo...

oh shit, yeah.
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