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Old 30th Jul 2013, 23:22
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In the UK, I understand Daw Mill is still burning, but there are some massive underground fires in the USA. Theres one thats been alight for 50 years, under a town

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Old 30th Jul 2013, 23:27
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One of the one's in Victoria, Australia, a big open cut brown coal mine
was found to have been started by someone with incendary devices.

They had to flood the mine by blowing a hole in the riverbank
that ran past the mine so the water flowed into the mine.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 06:38
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 08:29
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Got underground coal fires burning in Witbank, some of them on the go for over 100 years.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 08:44
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And which is pronounced frack-ture not frash-ture.

I might also mention beacon, deacon, meaconing, pecan, pica, picaroon, racoon, recall, recant, recap, recast, ricochet, rictus (another old Latin word), roc, sac, sacerdotal, seclude, second, secret...... etc

So there is no need to add a K to make a hard C, there are numerous other examples in the gloriously inconsistent English language.
English is indeed inconsistent, because it often borrows words rather than creating its own.

However, the hardness or softness of -c- normally depends on the letter following:
-ct- is a hard c.
-c is a hard c.
-ca- is a hard c.
-co- is a hard c.
-cu- is a hard c.
-ce- is a soft c.
-ci- is a soft c.

I can't think offhand of an example of -ce- or -ci- being a soft c, other than the putative fracing, which I suggest is pronounced similarly to facing or racing.

A soft c needs a k to make it a hard consonant.

The French use a cedilla to soften the c where it would otherwise be hard - for example, in façon. English doesn't have that option.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 08:47
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cu is a hard c.
I thought it was copper.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 08:53
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Re: my suggestion of Scotland for fracking

It is :sparsely populated, barren, less productive agriculturally and industrially

Q.E.D.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 08:58
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... and not known for its shale.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 09:06
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No shale ! In that case Magnus, surely time for Holyrood to put in a requisition to Westminster for a "Shale Deficiency Payment "
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 09:08
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It just means a longer horizontal section of drilling to reach the desolate wastes of England, AS.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 09:10
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... and not known for its shale.
Sounds like the perfect place to go fraquing, No danger to anyone.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 09:17
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... and not known for its shale.
Au contraire!
Scotland was the centre of Britain’s oil shale industry. http://www.scottishshale.co.uk/
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 09:37
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Apologies. My cursory glance at a geological map was clearly insufficient. My bad.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 10:09
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Au contraire!
Scotland was the centre of Britain’s oil shale industry
Wahay.

Well that's it then, Bleakness and desolation linked to ideal geological conditions plus local skills.

A golden scenario ! Let's get them waggons heading towards the midnight sun and squirt us up some gas !
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 10:12
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Sounds good. We even have a special price for English customers.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 10:23
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 10:38
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Fracking? What fracking?

It now appears that the drilling at Balcombe is NOT fracking at all, but a conventional exploration...

Cuadrilla's licence is to look for oil and gas by conventional means, but the company has said they would apply for licences to use the chemical fracturing technique if the rock 2,000ft below fails to deliver.

Chief executive Francis Egan told BBC South Today: "If it's not commercial then we would look at whether fracking would improve the rate of flow.

"We'll make an assessment of that, and if it would and we wanted to do it, then we would have to go through a separate planning process."
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 10:53
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Sounds good. We even have a special price for English customers.
..and what's the price for a fellow member of the Celtic fringe ? I'll take my change in haggis and uisghe beatha.
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Old 31st Jul 2013, 14:08
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-ca- is a hard c.
as is -cc- as in fraccing and.....

Accommodate, Baccarat, Bacchus, Broccoli, Buccaneer, Coccyx, Desiccant, Hiccup.... and siccing.

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Old 31st Jul 2013, 14:57
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Frack v. frac....either way, there's no denying the word's appeal to the anti-technology crowd. It has the requisite 'f' and 'k' sound, has a short, simple syllable, and can be used as a noun, verb or adjective.

In short, it rhymes well in protest songs, fits easily on protest signs, has an edgy tone, and Yoko Ono has embraced it. The ideal rallying cry for the uninformed and unemployed.

Meanwhile bright young engineers are on the cutting edge of an incredible new technology with horizontal drilling. They can survey thin layers of shale rock, thousands of meters below ground, and guide the drill with pinpoint accuracy.

They are developing exciting new technologies that help humankind and worry the sand pit robe-wearers. All while their counterparts in the protest movement bang drums and compare dreadlocks.
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