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Feck off Frack Off.

Bugger it!  The alarmist bullshit being flung around by the greenies and the braindead media over the estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of gas locked inside the Bowland Shale deposit has dragged me out of blogging oblivion. I have been paying attention to the” shale gas drilling causes earthquakes” story.  You see, I live a handful of miles distance from Cuadrilla’s “ground zero” test rig near Singleton, Lancashire, so I have a dog in this fight.

I’ll begin with a recent Grauniad story. It seems that some of Singleton’s residents have seen a film called Gasland, a twisted, fact-lite piece of brazen propaganda that does for shale gas what An Inconvenient Truth is doing for Carbon Dioxide.

While villagers are sympathetic to the aims of finding new sources of energy for the UK, and hopeful it might create jobs, many have seen the US film Gasland, which shows allegedly contaminated tap water and the devastation wreaked on swaths of farmland across the US as a result of untrammelled shale gas exploration.

Ooooh!  Untrammelled devastation!  Bye-bye Singleton and the annual Maize Maze.  I knew you well (sic).

There is nothing “alleged” about methane in tap water.  It is recognised that,  in certain areas of the US, methane from natural seepage has been present in tap water for decades, long before fracking occured.  While there is plenty of speculation that fracking may cause contamination of drinking water the proof remains elusive and anecdotal (rumour and alarmism).  The outright alarmist lie is the statement I have highlighted.  Try Googling for it.  All you’ll find is fears that farting cows are causing global warming and a lot of ifs, buts and shale gas handwringing alarmism from greenie blogs.  What you won’t find is actual devastation from untrammelled shale gas exploration.  Phelim Not Evil, Just Wrong McAleer thoroughly debunks the Gasland claims.  Shame the Grauniad numpties didn’t do a little investigative journalism of their own.  They prefer to frighten science-ignorant Singleton pensioners out of their rocking chairs instead.

Yes, there were two minor seismic events near Blackpool this year.  A 2.3 pointer on 1st April and a 1.4 pointer on May 27th.  I didn’t feel a thing.  My ornaments didn’t rattle and my roof didn’t cave in.  So the minuscule tremors were caused by Cuadrilla drilling thousands of feet below the Lancashire earth.  So what.  But then, it seems that the Frack Off protestors trying to prevent Cuadrilla boring holes, equate earthquakes  no one can feel and that are only detectable using instruments with the real devastation caused by movement in the Japanese subduction zone earlier this year.  It’s the same stupid greenie groupthink that Clegg is using to prevent the building of new nuclear power stations in Britain even though we don’t have seismically induced tsunamis.

Of course, Al Jabeeba gets its ha’porth in.

It is “highly probable” that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found.

Gotta love those scare quotes.  To be honest, I’d put money on that high probablility being an absolute.  You see, I don’t think it’s possible to drill thousands of feet down and not cause small, seismic tremors.  However, I’m not about to put my house on the market and flee Lancashire while waving my arms in the air and screaming blue murder.

But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an “unusual combination of geology at the well site”.

It was the wrong kind of geology wot dun it.  So Says the Cuardrilla commissioned report which absolutely has to be biased.  What a feeble excuse, eh Beeboids?

It said conditions which caused the minor earthquakes were “unlikely to occur again”.

I doubt that.  But the quakes are so tiny they are not a major cause for concern.  The Beeboids and Frack Off on the other hand…

Protesters opposed to fracking, a gas extraction method, said the report “did not inspire confidence”.

Of course it didn’t.  Shale gas doesn’t feature in the greenie dystopian nightmare utopian dream of blackouts boundless renwable energy from wind turbines and solar panels that don’t produce much energy at all actually.  Also, a shale gas boom will kick the feed-in tariff into the long grass and revive our struggling economy.  Hopefully, all those subsidy parasites greenie industries will go to the wall when an enlightened government plugs the udders of the sustainable energy cash cow and distributes last fags and blindfolds.  Well a girl can dream, can’t she?

A study by The British Geological Survey placed the epicentre for each quake about 500m away from the Preese Hall-1 well, at Weeton, near Blackpool.

Yeah, unfortunately the British Geological Survey scientists don’t believe that drilling for shale gas at Preese Hall poses a threat of devastating earthquakes.

But that’s not good enough for Frack Off.  Oh, no.  The zealots need to invent an even bigger scare and here it is:

Protesters have called for an end to fracking. There have been concerns that potentially carcinogenic chemicals could escape during the process and find their way into drinking water sources.

The tigers might escape from Blackpool zoo and chow down on kids anti-fracking protesters.  Does this mean we have to have them put down as a precaution?

“The contamination of irrigation water means that everyone’s food supplies could potentially be affected,” the Frack Off spokesman added.

It’s going to affect everyone?  Fracking takes place 2 kilometres down.  Please explain how the hell fracking fluid is going to contaminate surface water and affect everyone.  Can one catastrophic blow out from the Preese Hall well end the food chain as we know it?  Are we talking swathes of Grauniadistic “untrammelled devastation” here?  Do I seriously need to worry about buying Cape grapes, Heinz beans and Spanish broccoli?  Or is the Frack Off spokesman pulling alarmist soundbites out of his arse?

Friends of the Earth’s senior climate campaigner Tony Bosworth said: “This report shows fracking for shale gas caused earth tremors in Lancashire – experience in the US shows it could also pollute air and water supplies.

Polluting air as well as water?  So not only will fracking fluids poison our water it’s going to be raining the bloody stuff too?  Can this shale gas monster possibly get any worse?  Well Tony Bosworth thinks so.

“Extracting shale gas would suck vital funding away from clean and safe energy alternatives that could create thousands more UK jobs.

Mass unemployment and no more wind turbines.  Oh noes!

“An early seismic detection system won’t be enough to make local people feel safe – there should be no more fracking in Britain until the health and environmental impacts are fully understood.”

Protecting people from cheap energy minor earthquakes that don’t affect them in the slightest.  How thoughtful.

Of course, Greenpeace has to stick its oar in too.

Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace, added: “Anyone who believes shale gas is the solution to our energy needs is being hopelessly naive.

Annoyingly realistic you mean. Or maybe the US shale gas boom is an illusion…

“There are significant unknowns about the local and global impacts of fracking, illustrated by the conclusion by seismologists that recent fracking in the North West was responsible for a minor earthquake.”

Two earthquakes actually.  And I couldn’t give two hoots about the global impact of quakes that won’t even create ripples in my Earl Gray.  However, I do give two hoots about access to an affordable and secure supply of constant light and heat as the climate cools.

He said fracking was a “distraction from the real challenges” and that “real energy solutions” would be found in using renewable sources.

Real energy solutions using renewable sources that produce zero energy when the weather goes moody, as it frequently does.  Ahah hah hah hah hah hah hah.  Please, do fuck off Doug Parr and take your humourless and people harming stand up comedy act with you.

Of course, we can’t go without a final word from WWF.

Nick Molho, head of energy policy at World Wildlife Fund UK, reiterated a call for a moratorium on fracking in the UK.

“These findings are worrying, and are likely to add to the very real concerns that people have about fracking and shale gas,” he said.

Real concerns?  Or concerns manipulated by the alarmist tripe the likes of the Grauniad and the eco-loon NGOs are so desperately trying to spread through the local population (to very limited success).  I’m surprised that they haven’t advised us to think of the chiiiiiiiildren.  Maybe they’re saving that one for the final volley.

Let us hope that more level heads will weigh the independent geological reports against the alarmist bias on the Cuadrilla Preece Hall rig and give the green light to drill, baby, drill.

On a final note, last week we held a County Council by-election after our local councillor sadly died.  The greens (who achieved a humiliating last place) were running a rather bizarre, bipolar campaign.  They were against Cuadrilla and shale gas on the grounds that methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  On the same ticket they were campaigning for the creation of a local rubbish tip…


  1. RAB says:

    Thank God you’re back! Atta girl, all hands to the pumps love! :-)

  2. Sam Duncan says:

    “Untrammelled” is one of those words like “social” that indicate the user is almost certainly talking bollocks.

  3. Talwin says:

    Although it may move you further to tear out your hair at the Green guff associated with the Fylde shale gas issue, try also for a nice summary of what’s going on in the USA with shale gas, and the potential for its use here.

    The thing that worries me though is that while one would expect the eco-nutters to leap onto yet another band-wagon, the silence from HMG about what may be an energy bonanza is deafening.

  4. nisakiman says:

    “Hopefully, all those subsidy parasites greenie industries will go to the wall when an enlightened government plugs the udders of the sustainable energy cash cow and distributes last fags and blindfolds.”

    I think you’ll find they will probably eschew the last fag on the grounds that it will kill them instantly and surely. At least with the firing squad there’s a chance they might miss…

  5. john in cheshire says:

    If we are sitting on a veritable goldmine of naturally occurring gas deposits, only the retarded and brain damaged would argue against exploiting it. I just hope that Mr Huhne keeps his ignorant personage out of this and lets the company get on with its business. As for Frack-off, apart from their mildly offensive name, I suspect that they comprise the usual trouble-makers. They are long overdue a good kicking.

  6. Nelsontouch says:

    I thought Osborne was in favour of exploiting shale gas. Why wouldn’t he? Cuts inthe national debt, reduction in green taxes, energy produced at home instead of imported, easy to do rather than under the sea, local house prices rises, jobs in a run down area (Blackpool having a high level of NEETs).
    It’s got to be done.
    I can’t see it not being done. Everyone else will; Poland for starters.
    The Lancashire field is only the start; Somerset is mentioned (they had shale oil produced there in the 1920′s). Whole areas have never been explored for shale gas.

    A real game-changer. And the Greens hate it. Win-win, I call it.

  7. Kevin B says:

    Beautifully done Lynne. And the good news is that I really think we’re winning. We still have a way to go – us peasants know that the whole CAGW thing is a load of crap but the elites are only just starting to realise how monumentally stupid they look as the wheels are coming off the wagon. Even the whole BEST nonsense didn’t last a week before most people twigged that it was yet another con job by the rent-seekers.

    I thought Deller’s characterisation of the Beeb on fracking as Lord Haw-haw was very aposite. Once it all unravels and it’s time for an accounting it’s going to mean a noose instead of a bullet, but a noose is recyclable whereas a bullet discharges loads of CO2. Mind you, I’m not a cruel man; I’d spring for a fag. Tobacco only though. Don’t want them too out of it to know what’s going on.

    Oh, and welcome back Lynne and all the other cool cats .

  8. Kevin B says:

    Ok, I realise that last cool cats link, while it might be fine for the more mature types like RAB and me, might be a bit dated for the youngsters who frequent the site.

    So for their benefit, let’s welcome three more a href=”″>cool cats

  9. Bill Sticker says:

    ‘Gasland’ is poorly researched bollocks. The auteur was called out in public to this effect.

    Anyone who cites it as a source should be laughed out of the room.

  10. Roue le Jour says:

    “Sky Marshall Cameron announced drilling would commence immediately and suggested anyone who didn’t like it could fuck off to north Wales. Do you want to know more?”

    Fascism has its appeal, sometimes.

  11. JuliaM says:

    john in cheshire: ” I just hope that Mr Huhne keeps his ignorant personage out of this ..”

    Yeah, like that’s going to happen!

  12. Talwin says:

    JulieM. Huhne might yet be out of it if CPS, Essex police and Vicky Price get their fingers out.

  13. Fred Z says:

    “I don’t think it’s possible to drill thousands of feet down and not cause small, seismic tremors.”

    You and I are on the same side but this was a silly thing to write. A butterfly flapping its wings in Mexico will cause small seismic tremors in Lancashire. Even the lefty dolts at wikipedia know that earthquakes under 2.0 occur “continuously” and those of 2.0-2.9 are ‘Generally not felt, but recorded.’ with 1.3 million of them per year.

    Let’s do some maths. A 2.0 quake has 63 MJ of energy, a 2.5 one has 360 MJ. Gasoline contains about 35 MJ/L. Every time some lefty jerk drives to a demo and burns 2 litres of gas he releases as much energy as a 2.0 quake. For a 2.5 quake the dolt has to drive for a couple of hours. Big deal.

    If you have ever watched a fracking operation, and I have, there is a monster pump pushing drilling fluid down the hole and into the rock with the intention of fracturing the rock. The fluid is full of particulates designed to keep the pressure-formed cracks open after the pressure is released. It is just like starting a split in log and putting a stick in to keep the split open. The monster pump is usually diesel powered and often burns gallons per minute of fuel. There might easily be 10, 20, a 100 thousand litres of diesel energy forced down a hole. That sounds a lot but it is such a tiny little itsy bitsy bit compared to the energy required to shift rock miles down as to be pitiful.

    Also, a well bore might be 8 inches across and go down a klick and then go horizontal for many klicks. It is not physically possible for such a small pinprick to cause an earthquake unless the seismic tension is so great it’s going to burst soon anyway. It’s like sticking a pin in a balloon, only seismic balloons rarely deflate on their own – they just keep growing until they pop. Indeed, a rational argument can be made for massive drilling and fracking to pop those seismic balloons while they are small.

    I’m in western Canada where we have been producing gas for export to the USA for generations. We have been fracking for 30 years that I know of with perfect safety. Even our hippy dippy lefties have given up on the fracking issue, and they are every bit as innumerate as your hippy dippy dumbasses.

  14. Lynne says:

    Fred Z – we do not get many earthquakes in this part of the world. Hardly any at all in fact. The epicentre of both minor quakes was within 500m of the rig site and at a depth of 1 – 2km. No one, not even Cuadrilla itself, believes that’s a coincidence.

    The geomechanical study of the Bowland Shale Seismicity suggests that two fluid injection events probably caused a slip plane or a series of slip planes to shear. The geology around these parts includes salt planes, mudstone, marl, sandstone and millstone grit all of which sits on top of the shale which gives you a lot of slip planes. Bowland shale is very hard rock that requires high pressure fracking, up to ten times higher than the US plays. Such high pressures can trigger seismicity, more so if a slip plane fails as a result. I’m assuming, of course, that the geologists reponsible for the study know what they are talking about. They tend to be more thorough and precise than climate scientists.

    So we experienced two unusual, similar profile but very minor seismic events and that little balloon prick was more than likely the culprit, aided by our local geology. The point the blog post is trying to make is that we are not going to be shaken from our beds, crushed underneath toppling masonry or disappear down a gaping sinkhole. Unfortunately too many people will listen to the Greenie alarmism because it is echoed in the media and they have insufficient knowledge or are too lazy to find out for themselves and form their own opinions. When a Greenie screams Earthquake! many people automatically think Japan!. Why else would people demand the cancellation of the nuclear power station programme because of fears of a UK Fukushima? There are still a lot of people in the UK who believe that the BBC is an honest, unbiased institution even though it constantly pushes it’s dishonest, one-sided, deeply authoritarian AGW (and political) agenda in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary.

    I make no apologies for blogging about this. Perhaps you would care to research the local geology for yourself. Maybe then you will understand that the Preese Hall drill site has encountered problems that apparently do not trouble the Canadian shale gas operations (which have my hearty support). Perhaps then, duly informed, you will return and tell me whether or not my comment was silly.

    You can read the geomechanical study here.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. :0)

  15. Northern Smoker says:

    H i Lynne
    DK linked to your story,I commented over there,but thought the link to a
    discussion about peak oil I left there would be of interest in case you missed it.

  16. Henry Crun says:

    1.4 and 2.3 on the Richter scale? Hardly earth shattering, earthworm farts would register more than that.

    I used to live in Johannesburg and we would occasionally get some real pictures falling off the wall earth tremors whenever there was a rock burst in one of the gold mines. Not to mention sinkholes near Carletonville and Westonaria.

  17. Lynne says:

    Hi Northern Smoker. I was aware of DK’s link because I check out his blog everyday. Guido linked to DK’s story which hopefully fetched more traffic to CCiZ too. I was also aware of your peak oil link in comments which I have already bookmarked so many thanks for that.

    With massive, deep down oil deposits being discovered off the coasts of Central and South America, along with the extremely interesting theory of the abiotic origin of oil, the peak oil story seems to be nothing more than a scare tactic promoted by greenies who want us to destroy industrialisation and Middle East countries trying to keep a stanglehold on the oil supply with the aid of their friend in the Whitehouse.

    Conspiracy theories apart, it’s something I like to watch the development of.


    Thank you also to all you fellow Kitty counters and watchers who made my brief foray back into blogging worthwhile. :D

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