In the long run it will destroy the planet. Unfortunately it's not the only action that's destroying the planet. Oil drilling and nuclear power are also destroying the planet, but who cares that they are destroying the future as long as they get lots of money now. The places where fracking has been implemented, water has been turned flammable and unusable. Parker County, Texas and Pennsylvania are just two of the many places in North America that are victims of burning/flammable water, the side effect of hydraulic fracturing. Other countries affected by fracking are: Australia, Canada, China, Germany (1975 ), Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and United Kingdom.
Some of the countries who have banned fracking are France and Germany, who banned fracking in 2016 after 41 years of fracking, Quebec in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Tunisia, and some US states like Vermont and New York state.
We desperately need to find a clean, sustainable alternative to fracking, fossil fuel, and nuclear energy before earth becomes uninhabitable. I strongly suggest solar power. There are many ways people can build their own solar power generators.
With thanks to One Green Planet.
Fracking was banned in France in 2011 and the ban was upheld in 2012. When asked to comment on the ban, President Sarkozy explained that France will maintain a ban on fracking until there is proof that shale gas exploration won’t harm the environment or “massacre” the landscape. Our kind of thinking, Sarkozy!
After France banned fracking, Bulgaria followed suit in 2012, becoming the second European country to ban this dirty practice. In an extra sassy move, with this ban, Bulgaria revoked a shale gas permit granted to the US fossil fuel giant, Chevron. Sorry, we’re not fracking sorry.
Germany first enacted a ban on fracking in 2012, and it was upheld in 2014. According to German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, “If, at an unforeseeable time, it can be scientifically proven that [fracking] is completely harmless, then it may no longer be permanently forbidden.” But, we’re guessing that that time won’t fractually happen.
Scotland said good day to fracking as of January 2015. The ban was enacted to allow the Scottish government to conduct necessary public health and environmental assessments of the practice. Based on what we already know about how fracking harms people, animals, and the environment, we can only hope that Scottish studies lead to a permanent ban on the process.
What about the USA?
In addition to these four countries who have all-out banned fracking, the UK, Romania, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, and the Czech Republic have all instated moratoriums on fracking. Citing little knowledge of the impacts of fracking on people and the planet, these countries are putting an end to fracking until they can make a more-informed decision. In addition to these countries, states and municipalities from all across the world have enacted bans on fracking. In the US, it is officially banned in New York, Vermont, and other small cities. Looking at how often accidents involving fracking wells occur in the US (to see if you live near one of these fraccidents, click here), there is no reason that we should be in the midst of a debate over whether the Keystone XL Pipeline should be built or not. For the sake of our personal health and the future health of our soil, water, and air, the US needs to enact a full ban on fracking, and soon. To learn more about how you can help get fracking banned in your town, check out the work of Environment America and EarthJustice. Until we can be 100 percent sure that fracking does not pollute the planet or make people sick, there is no reason we should allow it to happen.