Q: Is hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) safe?

Posted:  15 April 2012 (updated: 20 December 2017 @ 15:00) by Jason Remfrey

I’ve become aware of this is in the past couple of years, and have seen many people comment on this, mostly those who are opposed to it; and a few who are permissive of it.  I am certainly no expert, but again, I feel I have something to offer on a spiritual level, at least.  It seems this is getting more and more attention in the media, so I would like to offer my thoughts.

Wikipedia has the following to say of this practice;

Hydraulic fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer caused by the presence of a pressurized fluid […] This process is used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction, via a technique called induced hydraulic fracturing … This […] creates fractures from a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations. […] High-volume hydraulic fracturing, used in the completion of tight gas and shale gas wells […] can use as much as 2 to 3 million US gallons (7.6 to 11 Ml) of fluid per well.  This latter practice has come under scrutiny internationally, with some countries suspending or even banning it. […] The energy from the injection of a highly-pressurized fracking fluid creates new channels in the rock which can increase the extraction rates and ultimate recovery of fossil fuels.

My thoughts

Our Mother Earth is a living, conscious being.  Her Spirit travels the world, looking, viewing, experiencing – this is her consciousness.  But the world itself is her body.  Similarly, we have a body, but our consciousness is usually not aware of our internal aspects, our lungs, our heart, our blood etc., until something goes wrong.  In the same way, Mother Earth is not aware of her “body” at a deep level – the planet – until something goes wrong.

Some things Gaia (Mother Earth) gives us freely, such as oil, gas, and many minerals (as examples).  Without these, our modern society would grind to a halt.  But the methods which are used to extract these from her have a great bearing on whether this is right or wrong.  Normally when gas or oil are “taken”, as an analogy, this is very much like a blood donor giving blood.  This is an agreement, where the donor (Mother Earth) says “Yes, I would like to give part of myself to help others”.  This is how Mother Earth views her offering.

But when this is done in an inappropriate way, as is done with fracking, this is a different story.  As another analogy, this method of extraction is very much like having an injection of an unknown toxic material being injected into a person’s body.  How would this feel?  What would the effects be?  It is an unknown quantity to be sure, but the results will always be negative.

In the end, what we do comes back to us – this is karma in action.  If we do something that has benefit to others, we will receive benefits in return at some time or another.  Likewise, if we do something that is not beneficial, perhaps out of greed or some other selfish motivation, then we can expect to experience lessons that will help us grow, so the karma that was incurred can be resolved.

I hope this goes some way to explaining my thoughts and feelings on this topic.

Jason

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