The fracking and nuclear industry have much in common. The difference is that the nuclear industry especially here in Cumbria is much more embedded in our society and much more difficult to halt or fight against. Even Cumbrian environmental groups are going along with “exploratory” drilling for the “biggest nuclear development in Europe” 90 metres into the sea bed off Sellafield resuspending decades worth of radioactive wastes including plutonium.
by Mike Ludwig, for Truth-Out
Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) technology has been widely used to maximize oil-and-gas production in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, and the government allows offshore drillers to dump fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater directly into the Gulf, according to documents released to Truthout and the Center for Biological Diversity under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
From 2010 to October 2014, the Obama administration approved more than 1,500 permit applications for offshore drilling plans that included fracking at hundreds of wells across the Gulf of Mexico, according to the documents. An unknown number of permit applications have yet to be released, so the scope of offshore fracking in the Gulf is likely larger.
During this time regulators issued more than 300 “categorical exclusions” to exempt drilling plans that included fracking from complex environmental reviews. The use of categorical exclusions has been under heavy scrutiny…
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