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.'
Andrea Lace commented
We do not want this, we do not need it and there will be no UK left for our children or wildlife that is habitable, if we let this happen now!
Chris B commented
I like the list of exciting chemicals (including tolurene) which are used alongside the pressurised water. Shame they have chosen to keep the list secret - no chance of these getting into the groundwater??
J Munro-Naan commented
the fact that our government can even be considering this as a safe medium of energy angers me, they just don't care about the lives in their hands!
Les. Hayward commented
And they reckon coal mining is dangerous and bad for the evironment!
Rob Telford commented
This is a really serious issue which is about public health and safety before any narrow environmental ideological agenda (although it fits the bill there too!). The film "Gasland" is worth watching to see the true devastating health impacts on those who have hydraulic fracturing mines near to their homes.
Thirsa Hayes commented
Does'nt it say everything that it's allready been band from other places?! Get the Frack out!
Keith Wiltshire commented
Extreme caution is necessary - wait for the evaluation
Graham Davey commented
It is immoral to risk massive environmental damage before having seriously tried reducing the wastage of energy and the potential of renewables.
Chris Millman commented
Leave it in the rocks.
Jenny Rust commented
Put the energy, literally and metaphorically, into a sustainable energy programme
nigel drew commented
The Gasland film says it all. No frigging fracking!!
Act now before it is to late! You've got our support from the Netherlands! They're planning to start fracking after summer. If you want to support us, sign the dutch petition on www.geenschaliegas.petities.nl. If you do, pls, don't forget to confirm your signature (look in your spambox). Good luck with the fight!
Miriam Sheerin commented
Stop the fracking before it starts
Charles Franklyn commented
This is a techological development that has to be stopped --NOW!
This is so so wrong and shouldn't happen. Please sign the petition and share.
I watched Gasland a few weeks ago and was seriously shocked, but thought (naively) that our government wouldn't let such a thing happen here. As usual the money is what is winning the argument.
This petition needs more coverage with the harsh impacts of fracking really put out there so we can permanently ban it.
the Marcellus Shale Coalition the drilling have admitted they are "partly responsible for rising levels of contaminants found in area drinking water"
look at the news people and animals are dying
L Graham commented
this is close to RSPB reserve and the Ribble Estuary and also
Rosie Rechter commented
This is a distraction from investing in GREEN ENERGY!