18 Dec 2013

And Then A Scary Seismic Shift….

There’s a ‘must read’ bit of reading that really must be read over here.

This masterpiece of honest, well researched, non-biased reporting was carefully crafted by a recent school leaver who’s the 
Energy and Resources Correspondent for The Independent and Evening Standard.

There are some absolutely wonderful moments through the piece, complemented by a low angle photo, but the highlight for me came with this stunner from a chap by the name of Harry Huyton who’s billed as being head of energy and climate policy at the RSPB.’ And that sounds like a proper job, does it not?

So what did that lad say and sneak into print past the Energy and Resources Correspondents thirst for facts and the Editors eagle eye?

“….and The Wash – the “bite” out of the west coast between Lincolnshire and Norfolk……”

In the interest of fairness I must point out that Immediately after the above bit comes this bit which quite possibly explains the ‘West’ bit; “…….first fracking site, near Blackpool, was forced to suspend operations in 2011 after being found to have caused two earth tremors.”

What I bet most of you, along with myself, never realised was just how violent these tremors must’ve been to result in the seismic shift of the Wash from the East coast right over to  the West coast. This is truly remarkable news and just goes to show how scared we should be if this drilling thingy gets to kick-off. Who knows where you could wake up? This old movie line could well become common, with slight modification, throughout the UK; “Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore……”

And the water trucks!! The trucks!! Oh Gunga Din, the din of the water trucks!!

“………HGV trucks could pass near homes as many as 51 times a day as they travelled to and from the wells.  The ferrying of people and materials could continue for up to 145 weeks, or nearly three years, during which time trucks could pass by a given property more than 50,000 times.”

Wonderful investigative reportage and your grand title is well deserved.

So, you little whippersnapper of a correspondent, I’m guessing you’ll consider that to be Job Well Done then? Thousands of terrified old folk throughout the land? Hundreds not sure where they live anymore?  You know what’ll terrify them even more? When, quite soon, they find their lights won’t switch on and the heating won’t start.  But what the hay; they’re just old folk who clutter up the place smelling of boiled cabbage, right? I know – I’m one.

Quote;  Terry Pratchett.

“Everywhere's been where it is ever since it was first put there. It's called geography.”

            S. E. Hinton.

“Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.”


A K Haart said...

At least when it publishes stuff like this, the Independent gives us fair warning of how many mad people there are out there.

I just read some of the comments - quite a few are completely bonkers.

Mac said...

Oh no, please, no. Please, please don't make me go back there and read comments as well......

Woodsy42 said...

I can't see any comments, I wanted to leave them one. Would they rather have a small discrete pumping station near their village or a few dozen windmills? That might be a good question?
But I have to go and visit a friend in North Norfolk soon and desperately need to know whether to drive east or west.

Mac said...

Heading for North Norfolk? Possibly consider a south westerly direction? And stay tuned to local radio for any news of further relocation of the area.