Science Heresy - January 2012
Is fracking dangerous?
We have long been sceptical of
Gaslands type hysteria about fracking for shale
However we came across a quite
in Wikipedia (on 17 Jan 2012 - it may change):
The other issue is the large amount of water which is involved and which finishes up contaminated by these naturally occurring poisons. I am no chemist but surely it is possible to clean up the fracking water after use in order to remove these nasties. Of course the miners won't want to do this because it will increase their costs. Surely it is a better option than closing down whole states or countries to this promising new technology as has already happened in Quebec, NSW, France and many other places.
Both sides are being thoroughly dishonest. The miners say that ground water is
unlikely to be contaminated and they are right. Their opponents say that
fracking is a public health risk and they are also right. Either from ignorance
or guile, they are both missing the point. It is the Gigalitres of contaminated
water at the surface which must dealt with. New technologies are commonly
hazardous in their early stages but research and state regulation usually lead
to improved safety over time.
Is "good science" in the public interest still possible?