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[–] L3D 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

That is just how natural evolution in Australia works, Australia aims to be even more dangerous. Burning rivers. Next, fire spiders.

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[–] Ulluses 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

"Hm, we've got the kill animals and the burning rivers. We need something more personal, what about exploding gonorrhea, go make that. We also need something to stop people from looking at all the deadly shit everywhere, it's really cutting into our kill profits, make it so that if you try to use sight then ball lightning appears and burns off your face. Okay we'll call it a wrap here, just throw the homeless into the sentient wood chipper and we'll knock off for lunch."

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[–] HowieCameUnglued 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Don't forget the drop bears. Those things will fuck you up.

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[–] Crisco_McFlow 2 points 10 points (+12|-2) ago 

May have risked his life but he made it abundantly clear that fracking isn't what we should be doing.

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[–] voNIKONov 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Can someone ELI5 what fracking is and is it really dangerous compared to the economic benefit? Man, I am lazy.

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[–] RagnarokAngel 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Hydraulic fracturing: shooting proprietary chemicals miles underground to break apart shale and limestone so gasses trapped in small bubbles comes to the surface. Proponents claim that this process is safe and controlled and has no effect on the water table, even though the hydraulic drilling must pass through it. Economic benefit: natural gas. Economic costs: depends who you're talking to. Industry sez "No issues." Activists light water on fire.

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[–] Broc_Lia 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago  (edited ago)

Basicly, if there's lots of widely dispersed pockets of natural gas in an area with rock which comes in layers, you can drill a hole down to the level you want, pump loads of water into it at high pressure, and it'll cause tiny cracks in the rock through that layer, and release gas up through the hole you drilled.

Benefits:

  • LOTS of cheap gas. Enough to make Russia nervous.

  • Wells last quite a long time, several years or so

Drawbacks:

  • Minor earthquakes during the fracking process, enough that you'd notice, not enough to damage anything

  • Activists claim it poisons water, although independent tests seem to come up ok

  • Activists claim it results in gas being released into the local water supplies, which you can then light on fire. Trouble with this is that these areas usually have flaming water to begin with.

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[–] Tb0n3 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yeah, the whole flammable water thing in Gasland was a naturally occurring methane deposit that leaked into their well. I have no idea about OP's story, but that one was demonstrably not caused by fracking. Poisoning water though, that typically is a result of poorly disposed of fracking fluids. It's not coming back up once sealed away, while it's waiting for the well to close it's a hazard.

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[–] voNIKONov 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks for the info. Also to the other response.

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[–] kittysaysmeownow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's dangerous if they don't do it properly, which they don't. Mixed with the water they pump in, are a variety of hazardous chemicals. They have to be careful not to leak the chemicals into the ground water supply. They also have to dispose of the hazardous waste properly. What they have been doing, is letting the chemicals get into the water supply, and not disposing of the waste properly. Then people in the area start getting horribly ill. That's why it's been banned everywhere but the states.

I'm sure there's a way to do it safely, but it's really not done that way atm. They fucked up by doing it so haphazardly, if they had done it safely and correctly in the first place I think many more nations would accept fracking. As it stands, they're just turning the environment to shit and making people ill, leading to bans in Europe and mass protests.

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[–] crankypants15 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Please have a video. Please have a video. Please have a video.

YESSS!

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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sewer?

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[–] fuck_communism 3 points 0 points (+3|-3) ago 

the gas bubbles are not caused by CSG activity, a statement which is backed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Environmentalist sensationalism and lies. Gas seeps are a common natural phenomenon.

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[–] RagnarokAngel 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

A government agency has not lied, not even once. Curious how many "unrelated seeps" occur near fracking sites. Also, no quakes in Oklahoma were caused by industry.

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[–] Broc_Lia 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Curious how many "unrelated seeps" occur near fracking sites.

Yeah. It's real curious how, in an area where people are drilling for natural gas, you find natural gas. Real head-scratcher that, we'll probably never know why.

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[–] rspix000 [S] 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Frack is only 1 km away so correlation is present. I know does not equal causation:

A controversial analysis the group performed concluded that natural gas in well water was more common near active natural gas production wells, indicating that much of the contamination was related to recent human activities rather than natural conditions.

source

see also http://www.marcellus-shale.us/seeps_leaks_spills.htm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/methane-in-pennsylvania-duke-study/

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[–] fuck_communism 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

A controversial analysis

That's a polite way of saying "a steaming pile of bullshit."

natural gas in well water was more common near active natural gas production wells

Because natural gas production wells are drilled into natural gas deposits. Jesus fucking tap dancing Christ on a cracker.

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[–] Broc_Lia 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Wow! A place with a load of natural gas has natural gas in the water? No way. That can only possibly have been caused by human activity. Definitely no natural explanation there.

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