A group to discuss issues related to the dangers of fracking, for organising activitism and raising awareness.

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Fracking announced for Belcoo..imminent.

Started by Anam. Last reply by Anam Aug 8, 2014. 3 Replies

It seems Tamboran in Australia have announced they plan to drill in the heavily fenced Acheson and Glover former quarry on the outskirts of the border town of Belcoo imminently.It is time now to get…Continue

Fracking Resources

Started by An Draíocht. Last reply by An Draíocht May 11, 2013. 3 Replies

Fracking Devastation and Dangers

Started by An Draíocht. Last reply by Ron Angell Dec 15, 2011. 4 Replies


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Why the Frack

Started by An Draíocht. Last reply by Ron Angell Dec 15, 2011. 2 Replies

Why and for what...the licences give no guarentee of supply or price..they get to drill for practically nought, Ireland recieves noughtthey reckon it will benefit the area €2-€3b over 50 years..i…Continue

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Comment by mossnferns on October 10, 2014 at 0:04

Winona LaDuke: Fracking bans needed across Indian Country-

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Comment by Cae Os on August 15, 2013 at 15:27

Hi All, I have been following many "Frack Off,Anti Frack and Frack free" groups across UK, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and wider, and have a link to a facebook page, which has linked, by liking 140 groupsincluding Tir Na Saor and is a group member to 12 organisations. Have a browse, and check out the info from the many groups, campaigns, activities,and links. Wouldn't want to fill Tir Na Saor site with all this stuff, so link and like if you want and cross post anything of interest.

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National Geographic had a very scary article on fracking last month worth a read

Comment by Ron Angell on December 15, 2011 at 15:31

Fracking and Framing

Please consider the experiences of farmers in the USA who have been living with fracking and also the findings of the 2011 EU study on the ‘Impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction on the environment and on human health’.


Major possible impacts are air emissions of pollutants, groundwater contamination due to uncontrolled gas or fluid flows due to blowouts or spills,leaking fracturing fluid, and uncontrolled waste water discharge. (5)

Wastewater from fracking can contain radioactivity levels over 1000x the EPA’s recommended standard for drinking water. When wastewater is released into our streams and rivers without adequate radiation treatment,highly radioactive elements like uranium and radium, can then enter the food chain and bioaccumulate in humans, plants, and animals just as heavy metals do. (4)

An average of 5 million gallons of ―frac water is used to drill each Marcellus gas well. (6) This water is taken from nearby lakes, streams, and rivers and is then loaded with tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals and sand. Unlike the water used in farming, which remains a part of the water cycle, water used for fracking fluid becomes largely irrecoverable and the risk of pumping aquifers, rivers, lakes, and streams dry is serious. Between 60-80% of the water used in fracking remains underground where it can potentially leak into and contaminate underground aquifers. The remaining 20-40% of the water returns to the surface, where it can poison nearby water sources if it is not dealt with properly.(4)

Soil Contamination

Fracking releases toxic heavy metals like arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury into soils. Growing plants absorb these metals, which then enter the food chain. Humans and animals that eat these plants are exposed to these heavy metals, which can accumulate in body tissues and cause serious damage. Mercury, for example, is a highly potent neurotoxin. Eating food grown in soils contaminated with heavy metals poses a serious health risk . (3)

Soil acidity increases in the vicinity of oil and gas pipelines where flaring occurs, reducing the amount of usable essential nutrients in the soil such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous. The reduction of these nutrients makes it much more difficult for plants to grow and produce healthy vegetables and fruits. (4)

When methane, the primary component of natural gas, leaks from gas pipelines it changes the oxygen and bacterial content of the soil. This reduces a plant’s ability to fix nitrogen (the process by which nitrogen, an essential nutrient, is made available for biological purposes), create cellulose (the essential component for plant growth), and also limits a plant’s ability to maintain proper hydration. (4)
The detrimental combination of soil acidification and deoxygenation disrupts plant cell growth, which makes it difficult to grow even the hardiest crops. (4)

Groundwater contamination by methane, in extreme cases leading to explosion of residential buildings, and potassium chloride leading to salinisation of drinking water is reported in the vicinity of gas wells. (5)

Endangers food safety

Consumers are choosing food from non-frack areas (1)

Then there are questions of certification and regulation of food.

Joe Holtz is manager of Brooklyn's Park Slope Food Co-op, which upwards of $3 million products from other New York area farms. He says that his environmentally conscious organization would be forced to seek alternatives to New York meat and produce if fracking becomes commonplace. (2)

18 cattle deaths Louisiana 2010 from fluid spill—Chesapeake Co. fined (1)

Western PA – 80 dead cattle after surface spill into pond and stream (1)

Western PA -- 18 stillborn calves on one farm---with congenital cataracts (1)

Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture quarantined 28 cattle belonging to Don and Carol Johnson, who farm about 175 miles southwest of Jaffe. The animals had come into wastewater that leaked from a nearby well that showed concentrations of chlorine, barium, magnesium, potassium, and radioactive strontium. In Louisiana, 16 cows that drank fluid from a fracked well began bellowing, foaming and bleeding at the mouth, then dropped dead. Homeowners near fracked sites complain about a host of frightening consequences, from poisoned wells to sickened pets to debilitating illnesses. (3)


When access roads cut across farms or well pads are constructed within existing farm fields, productive farmland is fragmented. (4)

Unavoidable impacts are area consumption due to drilling pads, parking and manouvering areas for trucks, equipment, gas processing and transporting facilities as well as access roads. (5)

Hundreds of wells are expected to be built over 15 years, pads with 6-12 wells on each pad, will be situated at least 2-4kms away from each other.(7)

A wellpad with 16 wells would need to be equal to 12 acres or 5 hectares. (8)

Likely development area is roughly an area of 100,000 acres (nearly 400 square km) that would range from the northern part of County Leitrim, the western side of County Cavan, and the southern edge of County Fermanagh. (8)

Farmers are already leaving frack zones of PA (1) Pennsylvania, USA

Endangers livestock and health of families

Livestock drink surface water – ponds, steams. Frequent small and large spills flow onto pasture and into these waterways. (1)

40% of the chemicals added to create fracking fluid are known endocrine disruptors, chemicals that interfere with the body’s natural signaling system. These chemicals can cause problems with infertility in livestock and humans, resulting in a falling reproductive rate for livestock. (4)

Surface water contaminated by improperly handled fracking fluids has killed many animals nationwide (USA). Even a small spill of the highly toxic mixture can have large impacts on the surrounding livestock and wildlife. Unfortunately, animals are attracted to the saltiness of the fracking fluids, leading them to imbibe lethal quantities of the fluids and die.(4)

Comment by Ron Angell on December 15, 2011 at 2:37

I think that an Australian company is now negotiating to do this in Ireland.. and it should not be allowed. The danger to the drinking water supplies is severe and there is no need to do this on the small beautiful Isle of Ireland.


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