ok with all this fracking going off and people on about the dangers/non dangers ect i thought id share something with everyone on ATS about where i
grew up that is a small village in the uk (south elmsall) which was home to Frickley pit
our village is built on top of this mine as a matter of fact i can walk to the entrance of the mine in about 5 mins from my house.
ok i know fracking and mining are alot different but its still same basic principle Dig a hole to extract something from the earths crust.
problem 1 is from the fact that digging the holes means they are removing dirt/shale/rocks ect from the ground and where do they put it in our case
they surrounded our village with it which in turn made us sit in an artificial valley.
this is the only photo that i could really find to show you the tip site but this thing ended up 3-4 mile wide
now this lead to a serious problem over the years when ever we get some serious heavy rain even though we dont have any large water supply like lakes
ect to cause floods we end up 4-5ft under water
i actually beleive this is due to the tip sites causing us to live in a bowl that gets full with heavy rain basically
now i cant find any pictures on the net with proof of this but i will take a photo of my mams house next time im there to show how much
subsidence/sinking our village does due to the mines collapsing beneath us ect we have had a few mini earthquakes due to this but our buildings and
houses suffer from subsidence damage all the time
now the biggest dangers of what we faced was around 15 years ago before they decided to actually clean up there mess as a child growing up in this are
we used to play on the tip sites like kids too regardless of what our parents said ect and a few kids went missing.
but there was basically quicksand but it was pools of mud my friend in my class fell in one and by the time his friend had run to the nearest house to
get someone he was neck deep when they got to him another minute or 2 and he would have died
there was 30-50ft crackes/holes all over the massive 2-3 square mile land our village was a massive mess until about 5-6 years ago when they started
to clean it up
but i think the worst thing about the entire thing was in 1985 all the miners went on strike due to the horrible conditions ect they where in and low
pay the entire village sank into poverty we couldnt even afford food we where living on the bare minimum of everything and all the houses where coal
fires and they wouldnt allow us to buy coal so we where all freezing too
so people started to go and rob some potatoes out of farmers fields and rob what little coal they could form the tip sites which lead to the people
running the mine to hire 400 police officers on hourses to put a stop to it all i will say i know alot of people that died during this
trmapled/battered to death but i encourage you all to check these links about it and there is no deaths mentioned ect they covered everything up about
the route of all the trouble during the strike ect was margaret thatcher and this is what happened in our village on her death not too long ago
also vinny jones the hardman footballer mentions our village in one of his books not sure which one about how he had never seen a community that where
getting beat into the ground so much but where still getting back up with a fighting spirit he had never seen he says on the bus journey to the little
stadium he was overwhelmed by the poverty and he says it is on of the only games in his history of football that he actually fealt fear on the
this is everything i have personally experienced in my life due to one simple thing and that is what happens when ya try and dig massive holes in the
earths crust and then what side effects can happen when people start to protest against it