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An Interesting blog from New Brunswick.

New Brunswick looks like a lovely place. Let's frack it.

New Brunswick looks like a lovely place. Let’s frack it.

While checking various states and provinces for detailed health impact statements, I came across this great blog. There are many questions and answers but what stuck me was they similarity in their experience to ours. Much of the reassurance and frack-speak was being used in New Brunswick years ago in an attempt to gain social license to frack. It ended up, however, with a moratorium. I also wondered why I had spent so much of my time reading scientific articles when it had already been done elsewhere!
Some key points. The tobacco industry learned how to use ‘Doubt’ as a powerful weapon against the scientists who were intent on revealing the dangers of smoking. They were undermined, there work criticised for minor deficiencies which the authors may have listed themselves. They seized the report and spun it before it had time to find its voice in the media. I have witnessed my local driller referring to mad professors who had written awkward reports. All the air pollution seems to have been used by diesel generators and lorries while there has never been a case of fracking harming drinking water – well maybe the once in Pavilion. If these myths are repeated regularly the become accepted as reality.
A quote form the blog –

Nearly every time a research study is published supporting the negative and detrimental effects of this industry, industry-funded sites respond by recruiting someone who appears to have the credentials to ‘debunk’ the study. Usually the tactic is to attack the study using a five-pronged strategy 1) take issue with some aspect of the study’s methodology 2) question the expertise of the researcher, 3) question the credibility of the journal, 4) categorize the research as “an advocacy piece” and 5) use a lot of “semantic slanting” (e.g. headline: Cornell Veterinarians Go Into “Beast Mode” on Shale).

Anyone opposed to fracking is referred to as an activist and police in the UK are now warning school children against talking to green-activists in case they are radicalised. There must be ‘balance’ in any presentation unless it is given by the industry or the government. (I await my invite to speak at one of their presentations) One must of course never look abroad to see how it will work out here.

Fracking has been carried out here for years safely. Not so in New Brunswick and England but said often enough people will accept it as true, well politicians speak the truth don’t they? Fracking will produce lots of jobs. Fracking chemicals are only the sort of things you find under the sink. You will hardly know we are there. New Brunswick will have world class regulations – Ha. How far away form my house will they drill? In UK there is not setback distance currently. The EA rules will (following the consultation which has yet to report) state 200 metres while our MP wants 1 mile minimum. In N.B. it is 180 metres.

I have been asking for months for baseline environment and health studies but they will be resisted. The situation in N.B. is unsurprisingly

Currently we’re just in the beginning stages of a scientific understanding of ‘fracking’. In N.B. there have been only a couple of wells processed using this controversial technology, and there have been NO health or environmental impact studies initiated around these well sites. So, as it stands now, we have no way of knowing through a research-based approach what the impacts have or may be.

So judge for yourself. Is this a worldwide script that the old and gas companies speak from or could they have all found these statements and discussion positions for themselves? And they all seem the same. Funny old world.

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