A call for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the UK
'The oil and gas industry is seeking to exploit UK onshore gas reserves trapped in shale rock and coal beds requiring environmentally damaging and risky techniques, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking). We, the signatories of this petition, call on the coalition government in Westminster, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Parliament to impose a moratorium, demanded by environmental groups and geology experts in the field, on shale gas, and on the related coal bed methane extraction industry, at least until the results of studies here, in other countries in Europe and in the US have been properly evaluated. Such moratoria are already in place in France, North Rhine Westphalia (Germany), New York State, New Jersey.'
sharon eckman commented
crazy, how can the 'greenest govenment ever' be considering this?
This is a crazy proctice, the worst of corporate greed regardless of the consequences.
sorrel badger commented
All hydraulic fracturing MUST be opposed at every turn - just looking at some of the damage inflicted upon the land & residents in the US should be warning enough! We need to unite to protect our environment and our future.
Jackie Juno commented
Fracking is a suicide mission. Irreversible. Insanity.
Nicola Didsbury commented
Whilst this is only at suggestion stage, please take it on board and let it be a campaign, its got to be one of the most inportant issues in the UK right now. Things are also going really badly in places in Austraila too, its not just the USA, and I can't beleive, really can't believe we are considering doing this to our wonderful island :(
We must not let this insanity continue.
Michelle Saunders commented
We cannot let this happen..... make everyone you know aware of the impact this will have if we don't take a stand!
Samantha Edouardes commented
The evidence against this practice is loud and clear. Say NO.
There are other ways!!!! Please don't let there be more destruction of our planet!
Hanna Casement commented
Absolutely NO WAY should we be allowing this to happen. Have lessons not been learnt from what has happened in the States ? This is a total travesty and abuse of the planet with total disregard for what is safe for us and for the environment. This government claimed they would be the greenest yet, and this is the worst polluting and unenvironmentally friendly disaster that could be brought to this country. NO WAY should this EVER be allowed.
Sara Turner commented
A reminder of the power of our own voices - you have my voice 100%
Holly Taylor commented
I absolutely support this campaign.
Michael Tregaron commented
The French have sensibly banned fracking and instituted a freeeze on shale gas exploration until next year. Quebec has also followed their lead on fracking.
It would be potentially devastating for this country to follow the disastrous policies of the USA and we should do all that is possible to prevent this harmful practice from gaining government approval.
We need to quickly get the public alerted and the 38degrees team fully behind this campaign.
If you haven't watched the film, 'Gasland' please do.
Jay Brightwater commented
This is a REALLY important issue that people need to know about and be able to lobby through signing a petition!!
T Ferris commented
Please don't let this start in the UK or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Invest in green and clean energy for our and our children's future.
We need more people to know about this
This is going to lead to an irreversible trend to pollute the planet and it is used for fossil fuel. When will they ever learn?
Wave/tidal power is the way to go for clean energy.
James Venn commented
Can someone please tell me how, when you calculate the cost of installation, moving the chemicals around, collection and distribution of the gas, as well as burning the gas, they think that fracking is green? How, when you compare this to the footprint of off-shore wind farms for example, can they think that this type of energy is better for the world?
And for another fact, how is pumping over 1,000 chemicals into the ground, many of which are known to cause cancer, good for the enviroment?
Our government is crazy, hypocritical and hell bent on saving money in the short term without thinking of the future.
Please, do not let what has happened in the US happen in the UK.
Andru Vallance commented
At a time when we so crucially need investment in CLEAN power, how can the government condone investment going not only to extraction of CO2 generating fossil fuels, but to fossil fuels whose extraction has proven to be controversial and dangerous in the US.
Dave Lawton commented
Fracking ,No Thanks They Can frack Off