Posted 15 August 2012
"The hysteria sweeping the country over fracking is like a modern-day version of the Chicken Licken story... It is time to inject some science and common sense into the debate. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been used in New Zealand for decades. Some 25 years ago, fracking was used in the construction of the Clyde Dam while I was undertaking my doctoral thesis in geotechnical engineering. Fracking is used to develop geothermal energy fields and to enhance oil and gas recovery in the petroleum industry. It is similar to 'well stimulation' in the water industry." Former NZ Climate Change Minister, NIck Smith, in New Zealand Herald.