Harmful gas from the USA
American shale gas, which flows through the Lithuanian gas terminal in Klaipeda to Estonia, causes serious environmental damage, according to a statement published on the website of the Estonian green movement, the Estonian socio-political daily newspaper Postimees reports
As stated in the article, shale gas has a strong impact on the environment and the communities in which it is produced. It pollutes drinking water and produces large amounts of toxic substances, sometimes even radioactive ones. Shale gas is banned in many EU member states.
Millions of litres of water and about 150,000 litres of chemicals containing known carcinogens and toxins — such as lead, uranium, mercury, radium, methanol, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde — are used to extract gas from one field. During this process, a large amount of methane is released into the atmosphere, which harms the environment.
The Estonian green movement believes that fossil gas, regardless of its origin, is not the solution for Europe. “Just as tobacco companies are not encouraged to prepare health bills, oil and gas companies should not have a say in the development of legislation necessary to protect our climate,” the green movement said in a statement.
Based on the materials of www.news.postimees.ee