Somerset official warns gas exploration project in Mendip could awaken massive volcano

December 3, 2011BRITAINDoes a great and terrible fate await us if drilling starts below the Mendip hills to extract gas? A Mendip hills expert says it might. Nigel Taylor, caver, wildlife and nature campaigner, explosives expert and Mendip district councilor, has carried out a study of the Mendip Hills and has discovered that there is a volcanic plug that could be holding back a river of lava ready to erupt if disturbed. “It may sound ridiculous,” Mr. Taylor said, “but it is no more ridiculous than drilling deep into the earth’s crust and setting off explosions to release trapped gas without knowing all of the potential consequences.  “We could be sitting on a Mendip volcano.” Mr. Taylor says that Moons Hill Quarry, which is situated at the heart of the Mendip Plateau near Stoke St Michael, is a massive Silurian Volcanic plug of Basalt rock. He said: “The rain falling onto the Mendips soaks down, and are superheated on their journey to the Roman Baths at Bath by volcanic activity deep in the earth’s surface under that volcanic plug, long thought extinct. But what could happen if the exploration company is allowed to carry out ‘fracking activities’ on the Mendips?” Fracking is the process of pumping water underground until the gas bearing shale fractures and releases the pressurized gas it contains. In the United States fracking has been blamed for widespread pollution – with its release in the water supply causing tap water to catch fire. The energy industry says the process is safe and an essential source of energy for the future. Mr. Taylor said: “I am keeping an open mind about all of this, but have more than a pressing concern about a risk that nobody appears to have either realized or considered. “We could either end up diverting the hot waters from Bath into ruptured rocks deep below us, pollute them with shale oils and gases, or the doomsday nightmare scenario – destabilize our geology and awake a sleeping giant.” –Sommerset
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27 Responses to Somerset official warns gas exploration project in Mendip could awaken massive volcano

  1. nickk0 says:

    Hopefully, the British will be more cautious about being reckless during exploration, than people were, during drilling of the ‘experimental’ Deepwater Horizon well / disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    – Nick

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  2. I wish I could recreate your picture. See the absolute opposite side of the country? Look at the big loop that sticks out. Go to the top of it, and I live in there somewhere, in that little cranny! It can only be at best a couple or three hundred miles across, or less! I’d heard some news concerning this some months ago, perhaps last year, but there’s never been anything else said about it. I’ll have to try and do a mileage. Thanks for the info! Sleeping giants in England? Never ever heard that one before. Phew!

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    • Very dynamic planet…very turbulent history. As I’ve said many times, the geological violence, ear-splitting noise and stress it took to create the terrestrial features and landscape we troll over across the planet are absolutely mind-boggling. I think if most had any idea of the planet’s early extremely violent geological history- maybe people would be a little more humble.

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  3. niall says:

    do they not realize we are all on a ball of molten rock ! and pressure is building!!

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  4. del8395 says:

    guess what? no matter what the risk, if they can make a buck for free they will not care for ye or me…

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  5. They do not simply use water for fracking – saying that makes it sound so safe and pure…. they use many different chemicals, which when they return to the surface have to be stored in pools…. creating dangerous lakes of toxic sludge. The chemicals themselves can and do pollute aquifiers and ground water…. we are so greedy for oil…. geesh!

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  6. Texas Listening Post says:

    I have wondered how the UK could disappear into the sea in a twinkle of an eye as Edgar Casey mentioned in some of his readings. This might be the event that sets into motion forces that are balanced on on a hair trigger we know nothing about.

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  7. Irene C says:

    Our county in Ohio was offered a contract to “store” fracking waste. When I first read that I thought “Oh No!!” Fortunately, I believe we have some people who have looked into this and are fighting this contract. Unfortunately, this won’t stop the greed and the need for oil. The fracking will continue and one day soon they will frack where they shouldn’t have. Sounds like a few movies I’ve watched. Conspiracy?? I think not. God help us all.

    Maranatha

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    • Ronni says:

      Really!! Where exactly are they offering to “store” it?? This is the first I’ve heard anything about it.

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      • Irene C says:

        Ronni – Northern Richland County, out by the airport somewhere. It was making big news here, but there’s a lot of opposition to it and a lot of letters to the editor in our paper.

        Maranatha

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  8. Philip Bradley says:

    The volcano has been extinct for 440 million years.

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  9. Bone idle says:

    I’d like to see a comment from a professional vulcanologist, geologist, seismologist or official U.K. geological spokesperson before relying on alarmist comments by an environmental amateur spelunker.

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  10. PDF FILE is missing Bone Idle

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  11. radiogirl says:

    Lets all stop driving cars.

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    • otay1 says:

      It is my understanding Natural Gas drilling is associated with the ‘fracking’ practice that is creating such seismic risk. These are the Open Toxic Pond culprits which, in addition shoot toxins straight into the air, and threaten potable water supplies such as private wells (flames shooting out of tap), artesian wells, springs and mountain runoff (which go into all of the above). These guys are a huge threat to private landowners and ffarmers.
      Oil drilling for cars, heating oil and deisel fuel/trucking and cars are carried out with all those practices we can thank British Petroleum (corexit, foreign microbes, destabilizing poorly understood subregion structures which create seismic risk for other well known reasons).,

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  12. jessy says:

    We have a few problems in the far north coast NSW Australia with fracklng. Many farmers have on there gates a sign (saleable) SHUT THE GATE.

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  13. Wendy says:

    My mum and my sister live just south of there, so funny to see the Mendips on here! Well I guess between Katia in Iceland and El Hierro in the Canaries, anything is possible…………

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  14. Ken says:

    Check out this BBC Future Earth series of 6 video’s and you get a good idea of just where we are heading. Maybe after 3/4 of the population is dead we will try again and use methods freindly to Earth to get what we need to survive on this planet. This series is the BEST I have seen on the reason we need to change the way we do things IMMEDIATELY!

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    • Wendy says:

      Hi Ken, Many thanks for posting this video, I’ve downloaded the series and found some other really interesting info regarding anti matter in the process, as always, lots to learn…

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  15. Absolute nonsense. 300 million years ago maybe but not now.

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  16. Rich says:

    Volcanos become dormant, never extinct, people are foolish and arrogant to say it can never re-activate or such an event can never happen to us. What do you think heats the water at the Roman Baths….! House maids!

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    • True…if the region is still underground, technically it’s always a ‘potential‘ volcanic system because its a compromised magmatic pressure point that just hasn’t been reactivated. Nabro volcano in Eritrea was not a holocene volcano and hadn’t erupted, prior to 2011, in recorded history. The only time a volcano is no longer a threat is when the cone has disintegrated in the eruptive blast like the La Garita super-volcano or Krakatoa. In the case of the latter, the volcanic chamber still remains in the Sunda Strait from which grew Anak Krakatau.

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