Saturday 25 March 2017

Flames were coming out of water taps after 'fracking' procedure

TREACY HOGAN

THE CONTROVERSIAL practice of 'fracking' involves forcing up to ten million gallons of fluid up to 500 metres below the surface to crack open the rock formation and channel natural gas into an onshore well.

A 'New York Times' investigation found the waste water in some such wells contained dangerously high levels of radioactivity.

It was being sent to treatment plants that were not designed to deal with it or was discharged into rivers that supply drinking water.

An award winning 2009 film Gasland exposed the health ill-effects suffered by many US residents living near gas wells, the destruction of landscape and instances of water, soil and air pollution. It features flames coming out of taps on land that was "fracked".

Much of the harmful effects associated with fracking are caused by the toxic make-up of the frack fluid, which can contaminate groundwater.

Tamboran, the Australian company behind the first ever such project here insist they won't use chemicals, but this has not allayed the fears of the growing number of objectors in Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon, and Donegal.

Irish Independent

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