What the BBC doesn’t want you to know about the UK’s fracking nightmare

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir

Readers outside the UK may not be aware of what’s been going on in this country in the past few weeks. In a nutshell, our politicians have taken advantage of the long hot lazy days of summer, with lots of people away, to allow in the energy companies to begin exploratory drilling work for shale gas… otherwise known as fracking.

To say that this is corruption at the very top of government would be an understatement. Lord John Browne, who owns almost a third of Cuadrilla, one of the fracking companies, sits on the cabinet with a special responsibility for ethics in business. This role has allowed him to make many top governmental appointments in the same way that Monsanto has spread like cancer into a hand-in-glove relationship with the US government.

Browne has appointed many people to governmental roles in energy and environment, including, so far, four people to the Treasury, three to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and four to the Deparment for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Also in on this cabinet stitch-up is Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s father-in-law, Lord Howell. Apart from Lord Howell’s recent insensitive remarks about fracking being more desirable in the north-east, he also gave a quite damning interview to Greenpeace in 2011. In November 2012, Greenpeace released secret film of the interview with Lord Howell where he extols the advantages of shale gas over wind power, and in which he states that Prime Minister David Cameron “is not familiar with these issues, doesn’t understand them”, but that George Osborne, his son-in-law, “is of course getting this message and is putting pressure on”.

That would be the same George Osborne that is considering giving tax breaks to fracking companies, we presume?

A few months ago, Lord Howell was appointed president of the Energy Industries Council.

The mainstream media, notably the BBC, has also got its nose in the trough, and is supporting to the hilt what is clearly a corrupt government agenda. There are daily ongoing protests at the first test drilling site, at Balcombe in West Sussex, but the size of it has either been under-reported, downplayed or dismissed – the usual tactics, in other words.

Even more tellingly, Ian Crane, who has more than 20 years experience in the oil services industry, gave a remarkably informed interview to BBC Radio Lancashire about the clearly high risks to health and safety that fracking will cause, and needless to say, the whole thing ended up on the cutting room floor.

Ian Crane knows what lies are being told us because he used to be employed by the fracking companies in Australia for the same reason – to prepare communities for the fracking onslaught there by telling them the same lies – that it’s safe, basically. Since then, he’s had a huge wake up call, and has produced videos of the environmental devastation that fracking caused in South Queensland.

He told the BBC that what the British public are not being told about is the longer-term effects from fracking on the air, water and soil that resulted in not just Australia, but also places like Colorado, Northern Texas, California, Mexico.

“The effects it’s had on the communities there is horrendous,” he told the BBC reporter, who instantly responded from his crib sheet,

“But surely it’s different there? We will have much tighter regulatory processes in place….” but Crane interrrupted…

“They don’t have any regulatory processes in place yet because, in this country, they have no experience of it. And let’s not forget, what experience we do have in this country is two wells drilled and two seismic events.”

The reporter then said something about local authorities being financially compensated:

“That’s an absolute myth,” Crane replied. “A few weeks ago, there was a conference in Manchester with a lot of these companies that are on point to start the shale gas operation, and one of the topics of discussion was what they call ‘social licence’.

“In other words, social licence means public apathy – getting the public into a position where they won’t oppose the drilling. A fund of £1 billion was created and set aside purely to bribe local authorities to let the drillers in. The reality is, there is going to be negligible benefit for the communities. They might get a new community centre. They may get a new playground for the kids. But that’s a hell of a price to pay for ultimate contamination of the water, soil and air.”

There are shale beds under 65 per cent of the UK. Will they frack it all? What’s to stop these globalist energy companies turning most of the UK into an offshore gas exploration field? They’ve already thought nothing of destroying an area of land the size of England, Wales and Scotland in Alberta, Canada, to produce oil. Neither they nor the politicians involved have any loyalty to this country… that’s why they’re always “on holiday”, and probably why George Osborne always has that sneering ‘smile’ on his face when he’s forced to talk to us.

It’s not that far-fetched a scenario. Crane goes on to describe the size of the operation, which has the potential to stretch from Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex into Surrey and Kent, according to Energy Minister, Michael Fallon.

Crane says …

“Each site will have 120 pads, each pad the size of a football pitch… one vertical section going up with eight horizontal sections going off them, creating a network of gas fields, and unleashing into the geology millions of gallons of water with five per cent additives.”

But what additives? The frackers won’t say, apart from ‘just normal, everyday household chemicals’. Well, Mr Muscle is a normal, everyday household chemical, but you wouldn’t want it going into your water. The Advertising Standards Agency has criticised Cuadrilla for being “economical with the truth” on that subject.

But even before we get to the harmful additives, what about all that water? Where is it all going to come from in a country with such a history of drought in recent years that Monsanto tried to use that as excuse, in March 2012, to introduce their GM drought-resistant seeds! Oh.. what a tangled web we weave…

France has banned fracking because of the high risk of earthquake to their nuclear power stations. Has nobody noticed that we have nuclear power stations here too? And nuclear waste storage facilities…

The reporter tries to mutter something about health and safety and being extra extra careful, but Crane’s like a dog with a bone by now.

“The oil industry has a history of mission creep,” he said. “The people who are behind this are looking at enormous financial returns, and are driven by greed, greed and more greed. We’ve got corruption at the very heart of government, here.”

I think that’s putting it mildly. These guys who are supposed to be our public servants are, in fact, environmental terrorists and bandits who are trashing our Land with no thought for our grandchildren’s heritage. To take a leaf from their book, we don’t negotiate with terrorists in this country. We arrest them and lock them up.

To see Ian Crane giving the interview that the BBC didn’t want you to hear, just click on this link here to UK Column.

Also see Scientific study shows that fracking contaminates 82 per cent of nearby water.

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13 thoughts on “What the BBC doesn’t want you to know about the UK’s fracking nightmare

    • Thanks. I will correct the term ‘an expert in geology’ although he clearly is enough of an expert in geology to understand the dangers of fracking, which is mainly the problem of leaking concrete shafts. However if you are really involved in the anti-fracking campaign, I’m surprised that you have the time to drop by here to split tiny hairs over Ian Crane’s qualifications. As I said to the previous comment – he spent 20 years of his life in the fracking industry disseminating the lies about the safety of fracking that we’re being told by the fracking companies now. Whatever his job title was, that’s all we need to know about the credibility of his point of view now. We know he’s telling the truth now just by looking at the trail of devastation in places where he’s been! 🙂


  1. Ian R Crane is a very successful conspiracy theorist with a wide selection of books and talks to promote. The view of locals, campaigners, frackers, scientists, and environmentalists is much more important than that of self-publicists. Saying the entire BBC have a particular view on a subject is like saying you know what everyone in Nottingham is having for dinner (Mark Watson)


    • Ian R Crane also knows what lies we’re being told about the safety of fracking, because he was employed by the same fracking companies for more than 20 years in Australia to tell people the same lies. That the BBC had an interview with such an expert and didn’t use it, and then claim to be giving ‘balanced coverage’ beggars belief. You only have to look at what happened at fracking sites in America and Australia to see who is lying and who is telling the truth, and the British people are now waking up to this.


  2. Fracking is a horrible discovery. The UK should be taking a lead and banning the process, setting an example for the world. There are many renewable energy options available, it’s just the pay off on those is long-term unlike fracking with short term benefit, long-term destruction. The Government needs to end this and stop being so short-sighted.


  3. I think we are fighting a battle of morals – it is totally immoral to be such a highly interested party with such a huge profit making potential and at the same time on the decision making body allowing it to be encouraged and passed at planning level. The world is a small and shrinking environment. There are better ways of providing energy and water which are more sustainable, much less environmentally impacting, but also less profitable. We don’t need this environmentally devastating, short term rape of the worlds limited resources. What is going on in these peoples heads?? Financial short term profit and gain.


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