All along the Fylde coast a row of windmills were rising to deal with the disaster. In past years governments had over ridden the wishes of the local people. Whilst those that they could not bend to their will, they tempted with cash.
For a while it had seemed that all was going well and that drilling for shale gas was safe. But then an earth quake had struck, struck with a magnitude never felt beforehand. So many reinforced concrete shafts had spilt asunder, allowing the poisonous chemicals that they had delivered deep underground to be driven back up to the surface. Result polluted land and water courses.
Now the people were paying the price. For they were being levied with a tax to build windmills, windmills which would take a century to pump the resulting mess out of the ground. And now the government had decided that a second line of windmills would be needed to supply desalinated sea water to flush the land free of pollutants.
Footnote: Today it is very cold here in Yorkshire, and so I thank heavens for a gas industry which keeps me from freezing. So now I have a dilemma. How can humanity survive without destroying the planet ?