Fracking – Natalie is rudely awoken to the reality

Fracking -the quiet lady speaks up

Natalie Lamb is an empathetic, authentic, gentle, exceptionally loving and insightful lady.

This summer her friend was going regularly to the site in Balcombe, half an hour from her home in the south of England, where drilling was taking place, prior to starting fracking.

She didn’t want to go – she was focused on her purpose to heal the world of abuse, and love.

She was not an activist and was tired of the panic about climate change.

But because she loved her friend and believed in him, she went to see why he was going there so much.

Natalie is an attachment family-focussed therapist, and couples therapist, working with people who have been abused or abandoned. Her calm manner plays a big part in her work healing abuse with people, and now the planet.

She is not a typical environmental activist. She had never protested before. But what she saw this summer has changed her.

Listen to her powerful story here.

 

What do you think about fracking now after listening to Natalie?

 

 

 

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6 Responses to Fracking – Natalie is rudely awoken to the reality

  1. Lindsey H. October 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    It’s amazing what seeing things with your own eyes can do. And it’s so wonderful and strange the things we find ourselves tangled in and fighting for. Big props to Natalie for letting the change take hold. A fight needs all kinds of people, especially gentle, authentic, insightful ones.

  2. Shelagh Jones October 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    I think this is what I’m trying to tap into here.

    It can all seem to overwhelming we do nothing – but I think that this “doing nothing” is damaging us, because the harm really is evident.

    I want to highlight here brave people like Natalie who are doing something. And her gentleness is a very strong weapon…

  3. Shelagh Jones October 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Brian Gilmore of http://www.mermozltd.co.uk/ sent this comment:

    Fracking is a complete non-starter. i have posted a lot about it on my facebook page and i’ve watched the film mentioned in this interview. it’s just another of those bizarre/ non-sensical absurdities – the costs far, far outweigh any perceived benefit – and yet it is being promoted and pushed and happening. it’s another example (& one of the worst) of the seeming crazy nature of decisions that are being taken by governments and corporations (out to make a quick buck) that just defy any kind of logic or the test of a reasonable person looking at it.

    grist.org also has lots of info on fracking and many other environmental things on there – notably gm crops at the minute. another bizarre situation. (did you know that gm crops do not actually produce an increased yield?!! peasant farmers in india have found ways of increasing their yields dramatically at no cost (takes some more work. funnily enough there is no money to be made out of that so it is not that which is being promoted in public and quietly squirrelled into our lives…. instead gm crops.)

    like nestle with water, monsanto are trying to commodify seeds. it’s beyond bizarre. if you wrote a story like this people would stop reading it saying it was too much of a fantasy.

    people will one day realise that we cannot eat or drink money. as someone once said what we seem to be doing now is like someone who owns a house using the furniture for firewood and when that has run out starting to use the structure of the house for fuel.

    Thanks Brian!

  4. shelagh October 16, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    From Anthony Day at http://www.anthony-day.com.

    There are many issues here.

    Quite apart from fracking, if the law allows a business to operate then those carrying it out should be protected in their efforts to do so. Equally, those who wish to protest should be allowed to do so and the police should protect that right. If the police deliberately manhandled protestors so that they could be arrested that is completely unacceptable and it’s a pity the media took no notice. Did no-one have a camera or a smartphone?

    As far as fracking is concerned – or any protest – it’s essential not to overstate the case. I think that some issues that the protestors put forward are untrue or at least unproven, and there’s a risk that the argument can be moved away from the key issues and the protestors can be marginalised. The other problem is that as I understand it is that Balcombe is not a fracking site. It’s an existing small oil well but it’s operated by Quadrilla, the company fracking in the north-west.

    My view on fracking is that George Osborne sees it as a silver bullet to solve our energy problems and he’s sorely mistaken. While fracking has been very successful in the US there is no guarantee that the geological formations in the UK will yield anything like the same volumes of gas or oil. Gas is still a fossil fuel and will add to our CO2 emissions, although Osborne doesn’t seem to worry about that. There are three key issues that need to be considered with any energy source: cost, pollution and security. Fracking is attractive from the security point of view because it’s a domestic source of supply that no foreign governments can control. Given that 20% of our gas comes from the Middle East and we’re importing oil and coal, this is an important factor. Pollution? There is waste water to be processed, substantial volumes of water are needed and only 40% is recovered. Where does the rest go? Methane may be leached into the atmosphere as a result of the process. Gas is a fossil fuel. No marks for pollution! Cost? Who knows? Osborne says that the gas will be cheaper. It may be cheaper than it might otherwise be, but it certainly won’t be cheaper than it is now. We live in a global market. Is there anything to stop producers exporting the gas? Even if they don’t, there’s no incentive for them to sell it to us at less than global market prices.

    I’ve long been sceptical of renewables, but I now believe that that is where we should be putting our investment. It might be expensive, but it ticks the security and low pollution boxes.

  5. Dawn Golden December 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Thanks for bringing attention to this… curious subject matter. It is a hot topic in certain areas here in the US including where we live on the east coast. I am not confortable at all the more I learn about it.

  6. Rosemary O'Shaughnessy January 14, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Shelagh,

    It has become an very topical issue in my part of the world . I heard an update on the radio how it has been banned here in Leitrim. Here is a post about it before Christmas .

    http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local-news/council-defers-decision-on-fracking-ban-1-5727144

    Happy New Year

    Rosemary

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