Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.
For each frack, 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.
These compounds are carcinogens (cancer causing substances) and teratogens (can cause damage to the unborn foetus) and I’m quite sure no one would like it if they were to leak into our drinking water.
It appears that an area between Pontarddulais and Clydach has been earmarked for further exploration by a Scottich company named composite Energy.
We must fight this environmentally destructive and unnecessary exploitation of our land and drive support for a massive renewable energy initiative. The green new deal will create one million sustainable jobs in the renewable energy and insulation sectors and would help our economy.
Please join the Facebook campaign and fight this damaging form of energy production.
Time: 09 December · 12:00 – 14:00
Location: Castle square, Swansea
Created by: Swansea University Student Union
THE BIG VOTE on tuition fees for English students has been announced for next Thursday!
Swansea Uni Students’ Union & Swansea Met Students’ Union are calling a rally and protest in the city centre and we want you to join us!
Invite your course mates, friends, families & colleagues! The student movement has called for action in every city, let’s show them how Swansea do it!
Time to rally against higher fees and disastrous cuts to the higher education funding system.
This week, the welsh assembly government announced that it will pay for the cost of higher fees to Welsh domiciled students. However, Welsh students will not be protected from the cuts already passed on from Westminster.
We now know that there will be a vote in parliament on the 9th December on the price of tuition fees.
Join in solidarity with other students and staff for a march and protest on the 9th December- Castle Square, Swansea!
Bring placards, chants and your spirit!
Swansea, Thu 9th Dec 2010 #ukuncut.
Keith Ross, Green Party Assembly candidate for South Wales West spoke briefly on the compensation given to the torture victims of Guantanamo Bay. It appears 18 to 20 minutes in.
It appears that Sakineh Ashtiani has not been executed today as feared by a rights group named Avaaz (www.avaaz.org). A report by the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11681837) today explains that French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner has said that she has not yet been executed.
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Having heard that Swansea University management proposes to make redundant 12 of the 22 academic staff in modern languages by summer 2011, we oppose this at Swansea Greens.
We strongly oppose any cuts in public spending and in our general election manifesto we showed a fully costed alternative. Cuts in public spending are backed by propaganda and media hype, they are neither necessary or fair. It is an attack on our public services and an attack on the poorest people in our society.
Please sign the petition against the cuts in modern languages at Swansea University by following the link below:
The Lib dems caved in on this so they could snatch some power and now the coalition is trying to decrease the number of seats in Wales to further strengthen the Tory hold on government. The coalition is also trying to push through an undemocratic bill to have a 55% majority in favour to dissolve parliament rather than the 50% +1 that currently stands. The coalition is eroding our democracy and is making a mockery of parliament.