UKIP’s farcical energy policy – Safe and clean fracking. Read UKIP’s dodgy dossier.

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Fracking sets water on fire, like lying UKIP’s pants.

UKIP’s energy document starts off OK pointing out the ludicrous economics of wind power.

However UKIP then goes into its own lunacy, not looking at the reality about fracking, tying itself up in knots

trying to make fracking sound all squeaky clean, cuddly and safe.  Their sweet words fly in the face of all the evidence from around the world,

like the picture above.

2006 photo by Colin Smith for Ezra Levant’s Magazine Western Standard but not used. Too explosive perhaps?  One of the effects of  methane in water.

Here’s UKIP’s dodgy dossier   –

A year-long moratorium on
experimental shale gas exploration was put in place when fracking was linked to two minor
earth tremors.

TAP – (You mean the ones in Fylde in Lancashire.  The people whose houses were affected do not consider the effects minor.

Nor do potential buyers of property.  Houses have been unsaleable for the two years since.  Unless fracking is banned, house prices in Britain will be badly hit)

Prior to the lifting of the ban, the UK’s Royal Society — the UK’s science
academy — investigated the safety and environmental concerns raised by environmental
organisations.

They advised the government that the risk of earthquakes and
contamination of water supplies is very low, and that appropriate regulation and
monitoring would be sufficient to prevent accidents.

(TAP – No vested interest of course.  Make a note.  Never trust The Royal Society again.

Wasn’t it the Royal Society that ensured the theory gravity took hold of the world, keeping quantum physics at bay for centuries)

 

The minor earth tremors that can be
linked to fracking pose no risk to individuals or to property and are substantially less
powerful than those routinely caused by coal mining.  Take a look.

(TAP – OK, UKIP.  Let’s have a record of British earthquakes linked to coal mining over 150 years.

One frack in Lancashire.  Two earthquakes.)
The process of fracking occurs at levels far beneath water tables, meaning that the
possibility of water supply contamination is very remote.

(TAP – Yes, UKIP, but you drill through the aquifer to get to the gas, and in the US the water is

no longer useable across California, Texas, Colorado and others now desperately short of water, as the drill hole seeps methane.  Not ot mention that fracking cracks the rocks as intended, allowing methane to rise up into the aquifer.  http://tapnewswire.com/2014/11/fraaaaacking-song-they-promise-a-lot-the-waters-on-fire-neighbours-are-sick/)

Although monitoring and regulation will not appease environmental campaigners who are
ideologically opposed to shale gas, the US experience demonstrates that fracking can be
done safely if overseen by technical expertise, and by authorities who are able to ensure
that companies are held to account for any damage they cause.

TAP – You are joking.  No mention of the depletion of surface water caused by fracking.  The Great Lakes are disappearing.

No mention of the loss of lands, people made sick all over the shop and the loss of ground water across the USA.

Sink holes.  Earthquakes.  Unsellable properties.  Crashing economies.  Even the fracking companies which are now

valued at pennies where once they were in the multiple pounds.
UKIP ENERGY POLICY 2014

However, there is no such thing as zero risk. The low levels of risk that may be associated
with fracking are outweighed by the benefits that cheaper and abundant energy can create,
and by the risks that are associated by rising energy prices and a growing energy gap.
Gas policies
The Chancellor has announced support for fracking companies to help kick start shale gas
exploration in the UK. This amounts to a reduction in the tax paid by companies from 60%
to 30%. While this is a welcome move, there is a need of more urgent progress if an energy
gap and rising prices are to be avoided. An energy policy that suits the consumer needs to
make its priorities clear, but the Energy Market Reform bill that is now being considered in
Parliament is merely delaying investment, in spite of promises to deliver ‘certainty’ to the
market.
The development of gas production and gas-fired electricity generating capacity in the UK
offers the consumer the best deal with the least government intervention. It can be
achieved by allowing gas production to happen by removing policy and regulatory barriers,
rather than by poorly-conceived target-driven policies and subsidies. Finally, a sensible gas
policy needs to be able to confront its critics — especially in the environmental movement
— and explain its priorities to a confused public.
New sources of gas: Promising research is underway on the recovery of natural gas from
methane hydrates. These are found in the sea-bed around the edges of the continental
shelf. Confirmed and inferred deposits could provide gas for decades or even centuries.
UKIP is concerned that while the USA, Canada, Russia and Japan are working on methane
hydrates, Britain has little involvement. Our long experience of off-shore drilling should be
exploited in this area.

 

TAP –  And not even one mention of coal from UKIP, which can be burned cleaner than gas, capturing carbon at the point of combustion.

The carbon can be added to hydrogen creating methanol, producing road fuel independence, replacing the requirement for petroleum.

No wonder Rupert Murdoch’s chums at UKIP are not willing to go down that route.

What good is a job with no safe place to settle
What good is a big paycheck without clean water to drink
Chevron tells us that fracking’s safe, and we need the fuel
So won’t you kindly explain why the fuel’s in my sink

What good is a well that’s radioactive
What good is a family farm where earthquakes abound
BP tells us that fracking’s safe, and we shouldn’t worry
So won’t you kindly explain why it’s shaking the ground

‘Cause they promise a lot, but deliver pollution
While our government gives tax breaks, guarantees absolution
And they sold us a line about getting rich quick
Now our water’s on fire, and our families are sick

What good is a law if it doesn’t protect us
What good is an EPA without a thing it can do
Mobil tells us fracking’s safe for people and cattle
So won’t you kindly explain why it is we can’t sue

‘Cause they promise a lot, but deliver pollution
While our government gives tax breaks, guarantees absolution
And they sold us a line about getting rich quick
Now our water’s on fire and our neighbours are sick

So, what good is a job with no safe place to settle
What good is a big paycheck, you know I’m asking you
Chesapeake says that fracking’s safe and we need the fuel
Well, if you think it so safe, come and live where I do
Where our main street is wrecked by your trucks rolling through
Hey, you don’t just frack shale, you frack communities, too

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2014 08 28 CAPP's Alex Ferguson admits coalbed methane contaminated well water, in some more infamous cases, landowners could set their water on fire

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5 Responses to “UKIP’s farcical energy policy – Safe and clean fracking. Read UKIP’s dodgy dossier.”

  1. NPP says:

    This is a conundrum.

    UKIP are the only party offering an out of the EU political club; get back to being a trading nation.

    Green Party offer out of fracking, but stay in the EU. I am very wary of superstate Agenda 21 collectivist Green agenda. The Greens do not do green. Viktor Schauberger is my idea of green, not Blood & Gore.

    I sense a possibility to lobby UKIP to see sense over energy alternatives. Then again they are all bastards, aren’t they? At least Farage is an entertaining bastard?! Is he a one world order puppet?

    UKIP offer a chance to dislodge King Camoron, Silliband and Clugg. We must remove the child violating established order.

    I’m leaning toward UKIP while being aware of the crazy, health threat of fracking. What to do? Anyone have a solution?

  2. sovereigntea says:

    If 10 million people chipped in a tenner each thats a £100 million fund to buy influence, get organised.

    If nothing else UKIP offer the opportunity of shaking the tree. The priority is dumping the three stooges Labour Conservative & Lib Dems. Re-electing the three stooges is national suicide.

    However as a centre of power UKIP will be targetted by the criminal syndicate.

    To prevent UKIP being subverted you lot reading this need to get off your arses get involved and ensure the party dance to our tune at local and national levels.

    The PTB buy their influence .. if you want influence you will have to pay for it in both time & money, otherwise accept rule by a despotic criminal oligarchy and puppet nonce leaders. These “leaders” whore themselves to any cause at relatively low cost.

    If current trends continue fracking will die a death on the vine it is no longer economic. see falling oil prices no one will invest.

    UKIP need to ditch the enemy in the camp Raheed Kassam.

  3. Tapestry says:

    I’ve been corresponding with UKIP’s energy spokesman for a year. He’s dropped the notion that no aquifer has ever been contaminated by fracking ever to admitting that there are risks but these can be controlled with regulation and technical expertise. It’s progress of a kind. They’ve committed themselves to an abomination.

    • sovereigntea says:

      New York state to ban fracking over health fears
      Shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carries unacceptable risks that haven’t been sufficiently studied, officials say

      Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said he is recommending a ban. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is deferring to Mr Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.

      “I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” Mr Zucker said, adding that the “cumulative concerns” about fracking “give me reason to pause”.

      Mr Zucker and Mr Martens summarised the findings of their environmental and health reviews. They concluded that shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carried unacceptable risks that haven’t been sufficiently studied.

      Mr Martens says the Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, and after that he’ll issue an order prohibiting fracking.

      Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said he is recommending a ban. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is deferring to Mr Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.

      “I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” Mr Zucker said, adding that the “cumulative concerns” about fracking “give me reason to pause”.

      Mr Zucker and Mr Martens summarised the findings of their environmental and health reviews. They concluded that shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carried unacceptable risks that haven’t been sufficiently studied.

      Mr Martens says the Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, and after that he’ll issue an order prohibiting fracking.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/11300013/New-York-state-to-ban-fracking-over-health-fears.html

    • sovereigntea says:

      Great Unwind of Oil-and-Gas Junk Bonds to Defund Fracking Boom

      The below-investment-grade bonds these risky companies issued with enormous hoopla and hype to fund the shale revolution and offshore drilling projects, lovingly dubbed “junk bonds,” had been sold to investors on the premise that oil would sell for ever increasing prices in the future, with the understanding that this might allow the company to make interest payments on time and raise new debt to pay off the old debt when it matures.

      Even the still uncertain economics of fracking – the expense of drilling coupled with the horrendous decline rates – or the potential environmental consequences and subsequent backlash were elegantly shrugged off on Wall Street, given the ever increasing price of oil.

      And investors loved the slightly higher yields these bonds offered in an era when the Fed and other central banks have conspired to expunge yield from the system with the express purpose of pushing investors ever further out into riskier and riskier bets. Investors, driven to near insanity by these central-bank policies, went for the junk bonds with gusto, and it turned into a feeding frenzy that pushed yields down even further, encouraging companies to issue more and more junk at lower and lower yields.

      Now the price of oil has plunged by nearly half. None of the equations work any longer. Sure, oil companies have hedged some of their production at much higher prices, and few are fully exposed, at least not yet, to the wrath of the oil-price collapse. But some of their production is already exposed, and in the future more and more of their production will be exposed.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-16/great-unwind-oil-and-gas-junk-bonds-defund-fracking

      PS Oops – a spot of double cut n pasting going on below.

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