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Welp, my cat's dead and National (the local equivalent of the Republicans) is back in power after New Zealand's election this weekend. So I may as well extend my grumpiness with a post about fracking.

I've been paying quiet attention as the gas extraction/mining process known as "fracking" has spread. Fracking is particularly prevalent in Pennsylvania, my old geological stomping grounds. Pennsylvania also has a long history of suffering from mining practices that turned out to be longer-term geological bad ideas. Centralia, PA’s coal fire, started in 1962, is still burning underground. Abandoned mines and mine shafts are a serious safety issue. For a long time, Pennsylvania had the second highest rate of coal-mining-related acid rain in the U.S. (second only to West Virginia).But I digress from fracking.

I'm very curious to see Gasland, the movie about fracking.

Here's an excellent shorter overview from the New Yorker.

Longer piece from the New York Times. This has it all, the happy, the disgruntled, the sick children and dead animals.

What does this mean for New Zealand? There seem to be fracking permits issued for Canterbury.

Date: 2011-11-28 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatjna.livejournal.com
Without knowing anything about it, fracturing rock seams in a geologically unstable, volcanic, earthquake-prone country just seems like a really really bad idea.

Date: 2011-11-28 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Oh yeah. And after reading the NY Times article, doing it in a geologically unstable, volcanic, earthquake-prone area that is dependent on livestock and a "clean green" image for major exports is an even worse idea.

Date: 2011-11-29 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teaforme.livejournal.com
This kind of thing just frustrates me! Why do we continue to pursue this sort of thing when we could choose instead to support cleaner, safer, more sustainable ways to produce energy?

Date: 2011-11-29 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
You and I get brushed aside along the pathway to this choice...which is part of what the whole Occupy movement is about, yes?

Date: 2011-12-09 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
Greed, of course!

This concludes today's broadcast of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.

Date: 2011-11-29 04:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wildilocks.livejournal.com
Saw Gasland on AU tv earlier this year, and was fucking terrified. It's as if people signing off on this stuff have no connection to reality and how they are completely screwing themselves and the planet and our collective future. It's goddamn evil.

It's already happening in several parts of Australia and being protested in others.


*cries for the planet*

Date: 2011-11-29 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Was pretty shocked to see that it's under consideration here - and where they're considering it.

Date: 2011-11-29 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milites.livejournal.com
Fracking scares me silly too - especially since Christchurch depends for its drinking water on water filtered through a hundred miles of shingle - right through the red bits of the North Fracking Permit area (approval pending).

One screw up, and Christchurch will be drinking bottled water, which is a shame, since it used to be fantastic straight out of the tap.

Of course, it's already threatened by dairy farmers taking so much water out of the system that the aquifers under the city are in danger of salination.

/me shakes his head

It's all really frustrating, and disappointing.

Date: 2011-11-29 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Oh, man. I worry what we can do, especially as an articulate, politically connected friend of mine in Waihi burned herself out protesting against the expansion of the Martha Mine. She has written about her experience here. (http://watchdog.org.nz/about/living-in-waihi-a-personal-account/) Over several years she kept me up to date on the locals' attempts to stop what was going on - and, in the end, they failed.

Date: 2011-12-09 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
Here's hoping the Canturbury fracking permits are rescinded ASAP. New Zealand would NOT benefit from it.

I can't believe that New Zealand HAS an equivalent to the US Republicans. I was under the impression that the explanation for the US Republican Party was that America is serving as the planet's insane asylum. Right now the Republican Primary resembles the center ring of the Ringling Brother's Circus (except that the Ringling Brothers clowns are actually funny, not terrifying).


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