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Coal Seam Fracking ???
by Steve E Ralph
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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A Personal oppinion of the ethics of coal seam fracking.

The bible asks, what do we gain?

To win the world, yet lose our soul.

Similar questions must be asked,

On the subjects of oil, gas and coal.


How can our Mother Earth sustain us,

Once her resources are all gone?

When will the men that claim to rule us,

See what they are doing wrong?


How can the common man and woman,

See the folly of their course?

While those that have the power to stop it,

Continue on, with scarce a thought.


They mine with high explosive modules

And chemicals, untested yet,

To lead us to a dubious future

The human race may well regret.


Already earthquakes rattle Britain

More than they ever did before.

Is this the price of constant mining?

Are we weakening the planet’s core?


How can we extract gas out of coal seams?

Using chemicals, that, for all we know

Could contaminate  the very planet,

And the water tables down below.


It’s true that Coal and Gas and Oil

Bring warmth and comfort to us all,

But what use is that warmth and comfort,

If we don’t have the wherewithal …


To know that things like Coal seam fracking

Could spell disaster later on.

How will future generations manage,

When all the minerals are gone?


Will our future generations

Even have a planet earth,

Or will this incessant need for power,

Cost far more than it is worth?



Will the million massive fissures,

Left when oil is removed,

Or miles and miles of played out mineshafts,

Be of any future use?


Or will they weaken our substructure

And cause tectonic plates to shift,

A million years of evolution

And we haven’t even fathomed this.


Has anybody! ever questioned,

Why these minerals were there?

Could it be, because the planet needs them?

Or have we reached the point where no-one cares?


As long as there’s a big fat profit

And someone makes a tidy sum,

Who cares if they destroy the planet?

And we’re all blown to kingdom come.


By S.E.Ralph






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Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 11/2/2011
Oh wow...oh wow...oh wow...I love this so much and really want your permission to send it to the leader of the Green Party here in Australia I know they will love it too.
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Reviewed by Richard King 10/29/2011
Great poem, compelling message, love the rhythm and rhyming. Not much wrong with this one, Steve. Standing O - Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/28/2011
I am in complete agreement with the point of view that you have shared through your verses here, Steve. Thank you for this apt and timely "wake-up" call. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Donna Chandler 10/28/2011
I couldn't agree more. It's scary to try to imagine what will be left for future generations. Coal seam fracking, oil spills in the Gulf, mountain topping in W. Va, all concocted to provide 'profit', seemingly never to worry about the affect on our beautiful planet.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/28/2011
A convicting and compelling insight. I'm convinced humanity has gone past the rubicon. Seems the Earth has become fatally overwhelmed with, (what can only be construed as) birth pangs, as if something (prophesied) is about to be birthed. I'm also convinced that an intervention is in the offing.
Peace to you ... richard
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/28/2011
Wonderfully probing piece, serious and compelling...
I found this fascinating because I did not know all about this, and learned quite a bit in reading this. Thank you!
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 10/28/2011
Amen, Steve....our precious Earth has been raped and ruthlessly exploited more in the past centure than ever before....where will it all end? Excellent write!!!

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/27/2011
Well-written thoughts. The problem is, the more removed technology makes us from our roots, the less we know about the source of our food and energy. That becomes the activity of businesspeople. As a former teacher in a graduate school of business, I found that the primary drive the businesspeople was profit and nothing else. The assumption that resources are inexhaustible and we only have to move to a new resource when we've exhausted one is a fallacy that many believe.

It is up to us, the dreamers and poets, to spell out to the unknowing what is happening to them as a result of the greed of big business.

In another life I lived in West Virginia and mourned the loss of trout in the acid, polluted streams. Now they talk of mountain topping as though it were a way to make West Virginia flat for farming–and, inhospitable for life–including human.


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