Fracking Frenzy: How the Fracking Industry is Threatening the Planet

Friends of the Earth Europe
http://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/publications/fracking_frenzy.pdf

[DeSmogBlog] …The report, issued by Friends of the Earth Europe, focuses on the prospects for fracking in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe, warning of unique hazards in each location along with the climate change risk posed in countries where the rule of law is relatively weak…

The 80-page document describes plans for fracking in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest (and the deforestation that would go along with that drilling), highlights the hazards the water-intensive process poses to already-disappearing aquifers in arid regions of northern Africa, and notes that licenses for shale gas drilling have been issued in the earthquake-prone zone at the foot of the Himalaya mountains in India…

Primarily, the report warns of environmental harms in countries where the rule of law is relatively lax. “The emerging planned expansion of the shale gas industry outside the EU and North America raises serious concerns because of the almost unavoidable environmental, social and health impacts already seen at existing fracking sites,” Friends of Earth wrote. “Given that these problems have proved difficult to avoid in countries with relatively strong regulations to protect the environment, how can this industry be properly monitored in countries where environmental standards are often lower (and sometimes nonexistent), and/or where enforcement capacities are frequently limited and where corruption can be an everyday reality?”…

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