Editor: There has to be a smarter way of expressing concern about shale gas from fracking than by burning police cars.
The protesters of Rexton, N.B. might do well to sit back, take a deep breath and consider that all hydraulic fracturing is not bad. Indeed it has been responsible for a considerable reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by the U.S.A. This has occurred because fracking has produced large amounts of cheap natural gas which has replaced coal in many power stations.
Gas producers now have access to fracking solutions that do not pollute ground water. Extensive geological studies, based on seismic tests, have determined that there are some places not suitable for fracking, and others that are. For example, P.E.I. is not a good location for this activity, but it appears that many areas of New Brunswick could be.
Natural gas from shale rocks could be an important transition fuel as we progress towards a carbon-free economy. To condemn outright this promising technique is not very clever.
I don’t see many protesters getting angry over coal mining, the real problem for our environment.