Posted August 29, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
Mr. Crane has become well-known in Britain for his strong efforts to raise awareness on the worldwide practice of hydraulic fracturing. A former oil industry employee who has a great deal of knowledge of the oil and gas process commonly called “fracking”, Mr. Crane is one of the world’s foremost anti-fracking writers and speakers. In recent months he has traveled to some sixty locations in Britain to share his expertise on the phenomenon.
Readers may find many lengthy videos of Mr. Crane’s lectures on YouTube, where he meticulously details the whole set of issues surrounding fracking. If you want to cut to the chase, so to speak, on the issue I recommend finding his talks.
A few of the many points he makes about fracking are:
- Natural gas companies use a form of bribery to bring potential communities to accept fracking, such as providing money for town and city centers, swimming pools, playgrounds etc.
- Corruption and conflict-of-interest are frequently found in transactions and agreements between gas companies and public officials, regardless of country.
- Fresh water is needed for fracking operations (salt water cannot be used) so communities have run into water shortages because of aquifer use by gas companies. The USA has the Great Lakes and major rivers like the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio to obtain water. Countries like Britain, communities far away from lakes and rivers have no such water resources.
- Many communities are experiencing water problems due to aquifer pumping to the point where citizen’s drinking water, water for livestock and crops is under pressure and diminishing.
- The Halliburton loophole was passed which allows gas and oil companies relief from having to report any leaks and contamination of groundwater supplies.
- The industry is self-regulating – “We will take care of the water supply and keep it safe”.
- Depleted uranium is the best choice for well drilling operations. Although people would never think that the industry would use it, there is no way to tell that they are not.
- Home and property values have dropped precipitously in any area where fracking is practiced.
- In every area in the world where hydraulic fracturing has occurred people have suffered tremendously.
That is all for Mr. Crane’s expertise on fracking.
The following video’s message from him is much, much larger.
Here Mr. Crane shares a vision with humanity. He uses the word psychopath, which is derived from psychopathy, which is defined as: n. mental disease. To some his selection of the word psychopath may be considered an extreme one. To assert that certain human beings are afflicted with a mental disease is a strong assertion. It is up to the viewer to decide if his choice of words is accurate or not.
There is no debate, however, about the power of Ian R. Crane’s very timely message.