Fracking equipment arrived at West Newton, ‘mini frac’ to commence in earnest

It was a sad day yesterday as 50+ trucks arrived in convoy to deliver fracking equipment to the West Newton site. Outnumbered by police officers, protesters were kettled and unable to slow or deter the convoy under threat of arrest.Now that equipment and materials have arrived on site, it is likely that the fall-off test or ‘mini frac’ will begin as soon as possible. As fall-off tests use the same fluid as in regular hydraulic fracturing minus the sand, they pose the same health and environmental risks fracking. These include:

  • Subsidence
  • Water pollution
  • Soil/ ground pollution
  • Air pollution (from escaping methane and from convoy traffic)
  • Health risks – fracking fluid contains known carcinogens (cancer causing substances) and endocrine disruptors
  • Seismic risk (risk of earthquakes)

This is now serious. We encourage everyone to help in any way that they can.

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