Fracking: Excess water is all disposed of

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Rosalyn St Pierre needs to be corrected. I quote “Most of the water used in fracking is pumped underground to force the gas and oil out, and stays there”, Not so, the water under high pressure fractures the shale rock to release the gas or oil. The water (without a chemical cocktail) is removed from the well and treated before disposal regulated by the HSE. The gas or oil can then flow to an oil industry wellhead, so no water sloshing around underground, will that assure her.

One interesting fact has emerged after a little bit of research, The anti frackers have made much of the drain on our water resources of the 11 million gallons used in the process but this pales into insignificance compared to the daily losses of Southern Water of 22.2 million gallons a day.

My suggestion to Chris Bowers is to start finding out the facts for himself, for a start Google Cuadrilla and the independent report by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Brian Beck

Lewes