Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Natalie Merchant and Fracking

There's just something about her.. just that opening line, the first time her voice comes in.. it's like it activates my tear ducts, it reaches inside me.. if I watch this video on Take Part enough and get all emotional, I'd say it opens my heart. And good on her for getting fully involved in the ban-fracking mission. Don't frack with New York indeed! Interesting CBS news item with some graphics explaining the topic here. (Is it me, or do the BBC not do enough funky basic graphics to explain things?)

But it's like her voice, isn't it? The info that you're getting goes straight to your heart, unadulterated by other concerns, and you understand it doesn't feel right. Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) injects a mixture of water, sand and toxic chemicals under high pressure into dense shale rock formations to blow up the bedrock. Does this sound like a good idea? Does it sound like the earth is going to be into it, really?

Course there's the classic, 'yeh, well, if you were offered a million dollars for them to drill in your back garden you wouldn't say no.' Apart from the fact that I'd like to think I would say no, this argument never makes it right, does it, it doesn't thus make it a good idea if I took the money, it doesn't mean all the other animals and landscape would just shrug and say, 'oh well, Steve was a bit hungry and he needed that new tractor, so fuck it, let them blow it up and suck stuff out to burn, releasing more poisonous shit into the air. Cracking idea humans'. No, surely it just makes us irresponsible animals who have created a culture and a lifestyle that deem these things 'necessary', 'desirable' and 'clever'. Fracking idiots.

postscript: An RSPB take on fracking in the UK here. And petition to sign here.


  1. Great quote.... 'I don't see a difference, they just have a new Tractor"..... almost as good as “fine John we accept your science, but we have to offer the farmers a carrot. And the only carrot we can possibly give them is culling badgers”

    Farmers need Carrots, it is just a shame that the carrots cannot be fair prices for their produce.....

  2. Yes, the tractor quote hits the nail on the head.(Did the film also ever-so-slightly remind you of the catapult man film I put on here - you remember that?! Be good to see these two things come together.. I can imagine catapult man aiming at the nodding donkeys and knocking them over with a well fired rock.) Where does your John quote come from? Bit special. Had we best go out and make some images about this badger malarkey by the way? Especially with us both going a bit grey..

  3. Chris Packham home page.... www.chrispackham.co.uk/

    It's one of those times I wish I knew how to record it.... badgers.... TB, how do we photograph it...

  4. yeh, it's a tricky one for sure.. but good news today eh? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20039697
    they've put the cull back by a year after wide spread protests. Still, it'll come round again I think..