Fracking 125 (Small)There’s a saying that ‘He who controls the water controls the world.’ This has always seemed totally impossible, but not any more! I met Ian R Crane who is touring the country, giving talks, completely free of charge, about Fracking and the terrible damage that it causes. Ian was employed for 20 years in the oilfield business until he gave up a very well-paid job in disgust. So he knows what he’s talking about! He’s now surviving on his savings and donations as he feels so strongly about the subject.

Let’s be honest, I didn’t understand all the technicalities, but I DID understand the unacceptable devastation that Fracking is causing in other countries. Cuadrilla has already drilled a well in Priesthall, near Blackpool. They Fracked into a faultline, causing around 90 seismic events. They were mainly small, but there were two big ones that damaged 80 properties. Tiles fell off the walls, ceilings collapsed, and much more. Not surprisingly, Cuadrilla didn’t admit responsibility. They said that it was ‘Most probably caused by them.’ Property in the area has dropped in value by as much as 70% – that’s if the owners can sell them! There is now no insurance to cover Fracking damage.

Look at the photo of a well, lit up. They operate 24/7. The noise, light and vibration are a nightmare for anyone living nearby. Now look at the UK map. Everything in Fracking 108 (Small)brown is already ‘Licenced to Drill,’ and everything in green will be considered. Guess where David Cameron and his gang live on the map? In the white bits!! So there could potentially be around 30,000 wells in the UK in a short time. There would be 6-8 per square mile. Imagine the increase in traffic with 3,000 truck movements per well! The local road network just couldn’t handle it.

Back to the water:

72 million gallons of fresh water per square mile is needed to start a well! After that, it needs to be disposed of as it can’t be recycled. It’s too polluted. In fact, it’s radioactive. And the Government’s reaction to what they’re going to do with all this poisonous water? ‘We’re working on it.’ At the moment the plan is to store it in double-skin tanks until they work out what to do with it.

Some communities in Western Texas haven’t had water out of their taps for a year. The gas business takes it all. So they deliver bottled water and act as though they’re doing the locals a favour!

There are links between Fracking and sickness in farm animals. The water, air and soil are all being polluted. France has banned Fracking and various Companies are taking them to Court.

The German beer industry is totally against it as they rely on good-quality fresh water.

Northern Ireland protested big-time, and won.

Balcombe hit the world news due to all the protesting against Cuadrilla drilling to investigate the possibility of Fracking in this picturesque Sussex village.

For some strange reason, hundreds of police were sent there, to protect the country against the peaceful protestors, who were bullied, roughly treated and randomly arrested.

Most of them were let off as there was no case to answer to. What a waste of public money!

Meanwhile, we’re supposed to be very short of police in this country due to cutbacks, so who was catching the real criminals while this was going on?

The good news is, Cuadrilla ran out of time, so they had to re-submit their Planning Application.

889 people voted Against, and only 9 were Pro.


The Locals applied to the High Court who decided that West Sussex County Council had acted illegally.

Personally, I think they should investigate some of their bank accounts. It’s not just the potentially polluted water that stinks!


About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.