Fracking: Its risks on wildlife

2014-03-14 09:44

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Cape Town – A UK study argues that fracking has the potential to ravage the habitats of various wildlife species.

In a report titled Are We Fit to Frack? six organisations argue that there needs to be conservation zones around areas that will be drilled.

According to the BBC there has to be no 'frack zones' around areas were the habitats of animals are threatened

Harry Huyton, head of the study told media outlets that there are serious environmental risks when fracking is conducted.

Some of these risks include a loss of water, and accidental contamination. A huge issue is the infrastructure that needs to be built in the area. All these issues impact heavily of the wildlife in the area said Huyton.

It makes sense that areas that are extremely vulnerable should be protected. Moreover the study suggests that areas even if there is a huge potential for shale gas should be termed no frack zones in order to save the homes of multiple species.

Another issue is pollution and the devastating consequence this will have on the water animal’s drink and the air they breathe. The long term effects still have yet to be quantified.

In the fracking process large amounts of saline and other chemicals have to be poured down boreholes.

These chemicals have the potential to contaminate lakes and rivers, if any accidents were to occur. If a pipe were to crack then trying to stop the leak from spreading can be almost impossible and will definitely be time consuming.

Disturbance is also another issue according to the study. Most fracking plants work all day and all night. For species that are sensitive to light and noise such as bats and other migratory birds this is a huge problem.
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