“They create a mixture of fresh water, sand and nasty chemicals. Then they inject this fluid at very high pressure, into a gas well, thousands of feet deep into the ground. Now forget the chemicals for a minute and just picture the fact that they use about 40,000 gallons of water every time they do this! And each well can be fracked 18 times. What a criminal waste of water! Anyway, the fluid is going down the pipe at such pressure that when it reaches the end of the well and hits the shale rock down there, it fractures it, making lots of tiny cracks, kept open with the grains of sand in the fluid, and the natural gas – that is methane – leaks out of these cracks into the well. So that’s how they get the gas.”
“What makes this business really horrifying is that during the process some of the toxic chemicals – and they use hundreds of different nasties in there, like lead, uranium, radium, mercury, hydrochloric acid, the list goes on and on – and the methane gas leach out from the system and contaminate the ground water. And the ground water is where our drinking water comes from. They are threatening the health and survival of everyone! In America they have found that drinking water wells near fracturing sites have 17 times higher concentration of methane in them than normal and some people have even been able to light their taps on fire because of the high level of gas in their water. Many others have become seriously ill from drinking it.”
“Venenosa Clades was once a beautiful, flourishing planet on which vast numbers of plant and animal species thrived due to the miraculous, life-sustaining element: water. All the different life-forms, whether they dwelt on land or sea or spent most of their time in the air, had one thing in common: their need for water. Venenosa Clades had so much water, above ground and deep under the surface, that there was never any need to worry about not having enough. And this was the case for millions of years.
“But, tragically, the planet suffered a severe volpar infection. Volpars are nomadic, seeking out vibrant host planets on which to settle and multiply. And they multiply fast, killing native species to make room for themselves and spreading across the whole world. Their propensity to reproduce is equalled only by their belief that they are the superior species and as such have a much greater entitlement to a planet’s natural resources than all native species put together.”
“The infection on Venenosa Clades was typical. It spread fast and was soon depleting the planet’s resources, to the point where it began to spread underground. With tremendous force it struck at the ancient clay rocks deep below the planet’s surface and the result was predictably disastrous. There were earthquakes where previously there had been none, and the pure underground water became contaminated with the gas released from the clay and other noxious substances. Still, awareness of the results of this activity didn’t halt the infection which continued its violent assaults on the planet.
“Venenosa Clades’ native species’ subconscious cries for help were so loud and so desperate that we heard them, though we were thousands of light years away. Not knowing if there would be anything we could do, we answered their telepathic calls, travelling as fast as we could. But we arrived far too late to help anyone. The planet was devoid of life and had been for several years. However, the thoughts and memories of its former inhabitants were still floating in the ether so we were able to piece together what had happened. They called it vis unda protero, which roughly translates to your language as hydraulic fracture.”
5 minutes later …
And back on Earth …
A few minutes later …
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