Law and its Stance on Fracking
An ordered society is crucial to maintaining the sanctity of life. The natural instincts of people are tilted towards acting on the basis of self-interest. These interests do not have to align with what is best for all but can take flight so long as they serve personal good. In our ecosystem, laws are instruments which are central to guarding against the propagation of self-interest as opposed to the common good. No society can claim to be functioning perfectly when all who are in it are able to do what suits them without any regard for whether it is right or not. By the fact that people can do what they like, there is a tendency to work actively against others and hurt them in the process. Laws are a body of rules and regulations that guide the conduct of people in the society. They serve to align the interests of the individual with public interests so that there is no contravention. Laws find their force in the use of sanctions. People who violate laid down rules are subjected to the sanctions outlined within that law. This is important as it is not uncommon to know of a rule and then break it anyways. Sanctions are punishments which the law imposes upon offenders. It could be a jail term, a fine, community service, compensation or any other recompense that suits the crime or the body of law establishing it.
In Australia, the volume of regulations available against Fracking do not exactly measure in many feet high. There is a shortage of extant laws against this act by the companies. This has made it something that continues to be perpetuated on a large scale. Companies do not stop puncturing the soil with their extensive drills, and the earth does not stop bleeding the oil out either. Some territories in the country have made laws banning the act but many others encourage it actively. In fact, there are more states supporting hydraulic fracturing that there are that have banned it. It continues to receive sense support from the government. The argument commonly put forward for this is that it enables the country to continue providing steady power supply to the citizens.
The government also views Fracking a method necessary to ensure wider economic prosperity. It enables the country to churn out millions of barrels of crude oil for export to other countries. This means more money for the companies executing it and the back up they are receiving. Victoria in 2017 was the first state to place a ban on Fracking in the state. This is a laudable action that should be replicated across the other territories. It is important to the preservation of environmental integrity. In territories such as Tasmania, Western Australia and some other territories, there are moratoriums which impose certain restrictions on Fracking in the states. They place checks on fracking but are still insufficient to ensure that it ceases to exist. Fracking poses a lot of severe complications that may not be cleared as quickly as they were to create.