As the UK Government plots to fast-track fracking, activists in the USA and Australia talk about how the practice has destroyed lives, communities and the environment.
As the UK Government plots to fast-track fracking, activists in the USA and Australia talk about how the practice has destroyed lives, communities and the environment
One man describes how hydraulic drilling has caused disease in his community: “They have left us with a toxic chemical nightmare,” he says emotionally. “They came in, they took our land, they took our lives, and they destroyed our communities.”
He says fracking has caused children’s noses to bleed and given people strange skin rashes. People’s dogs have even started dying. “We didn’t know it was the gas making us sick- but what I do know is, we weren’t sick before they came,” he says.
Over in the States, a woman explains how local water sources are now contaminated because of nearby gas drilling. “Not only have they fractured the land, they have fractured the community,” she says.
So when Francis Egan, the new CEO of Cuadrilla, claims on camera that “we know it can be done safely,” why should anyone believe him? As one elderly man from Fylde in Lancashire says angrily: “How the hell does he know? They don’t know. Nobody knows. And they are prepared to risk our lives to find out.”
This story was originally published on True Activist.