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Fracking In Ireland --- Greg Palast

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"Is there a safe way to frack? Probably: but not profitably."

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Kit B (276)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 9:19 am

On the 20th of April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men instantly, then destroying 600 miles of coastline. On 9 September 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, burning eight to death, one of several recent pipeline explosions in the USA. In 1992, in Chicago, a gas pipe leaked and 18 houses exploded, incinerating three people.

What do these deaths have to do with plans for “fracking” for natural gas in Ireland?

Everything. It was my job to investigate these three explosions, the Deepwater Horizon and California explosions as a reporter for the UK Channel 4'sDispatches, the earliest as a US government investigator. In all three cases, the deaths were preceded by the same reassurances about the safety of drilling and piping that I read now in the debate about fracking in Ireland.

First, the Deepwater Horizon. Eleven men died when the ‘mud’ - drilling cement meant to cap the wellhead - failed and methane gas blew out the top of the pipes and exploded. The Shannon Basin is not the Gulf of Mexico, but your safety will be just as dependent on Halliburton’s mud.

By Greg Palast for Nation of Change

Just what one expects from Greg Palast - hard, no nonsense facts. Full article at Visit Site.

Angela N (0)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 9:28 am

Nancy M (169)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:55 am
Thanks. Interesting article. Hate to think about the fracking in the Northeast as well.

Alice C (1797)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 12:36 pm
No more frikin frackin !

Terry King (113)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 12:39 pm
It seems that the largest corporations on Earth are Hell bent on exterminating their customer base!

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 1:27 pm
"the deaths were preceded by the same reassurances about the safety of drilling and piping that I read now in the debate about fracking" EVERYWHERE! The same lies, half-truths, & Empty promises...:(


Penelope P (222)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 5:28 pm
We are fracking in our foodbowl here in Australia The new prime miister of NSW is supporting this in our Hunter Valley-Companies Fracking have saturated our media with reassuring

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday July 6, 2012, 12:56 pm

Kimberly McMahen (25)
Friday July 6, 2012, 2:06 pm
The earth is our Mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.
~ Chief Seattle
Does Ireland want the flammable water that "fracking" has brought to those areas?

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 6, 2012, 7:32 pm
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Well the Corporations will keep on fracking and fn us right to our graves. People around the world must stand up and take their world back. Asking nice hasn't worked, so eventually the cancerous humans that are doing this will have to be removed; otherwise, we all die.

Gvapo T (22)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 3:57 am
Thanks for sharing


MarietteAWAY G (175)
Monday July 9, 2012, 3:27 pm
Thanks Kit for sharing. Here in South Africa, they also want to start fracking up our Country. You are so right Sheryl!
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