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.'
Mark Lawson commented
I'm sure you've all watched Gasland, in the remote possibilty that you haven't, do so.
Phil Shakesby commented
I listened to Johann Hari's podcast talking about the frightening plans to introduce "fracking" to the UK a couple of days ago and was deeply dismayed. How can anyone in good conscience approve of this hugely harmful, polluting and dangerously disruptive practise?
lisa brimmell commented
yet another method they've dreamt up to depopulate our planet, it must STOP!!
Nicola Nicole-Brandenburg commented
I what my nephews to have a future with clean water, air and a planet minus toxic greed. Have we not learned what happens when man goes too far ? Last year in the Mexican Gulf should teach us the planet is not here to be raped . LIfe is not a supermarket to treat animals as unfeeling assets... I ask that we stop all new drilling and give considerable thought to SOLAR power!
leonie taylor commented
This destruction of the water table and therefore of all life that depends on it must be stopped globally.It is madness to think that we can allow this rampant pollution to be carried out with such far reaching consequences for the future of our beautiful,fragile planet.It MUST be stopped NOW.
Vanessa Vine commented
An immediate moratorium is the only intelligent, responsible, sane course of action.
For our childrens' sake may reason prevail.
Let us not slip down the slope of yet another suicidal experimental technology.
This is insanely driven by short-term economic interests.
Hydraulic fracturing must be halted globally and all resources re-directed into sustainable, realistically renewable technologies.
sorrel badger commented
I cannot believe that Fracking is being promoted as a viable way of creating energy - the negative effects of this method are unmeasurable, least of all the pollution of good, clean water, and we must do everything in our power to stop it going ahead.
manu song commented
Water is life. Fracking contaminates ground water with the most toxic chemicals known to man.
Kirsty Reid commented
Enough is enough
dee edmonds commented
This must be stopped or we'll end up with contaminated ground water and breathing poisoned air
I whole heartedly support this campaign. The environmental damage as can be seen in the USA and nin films liek Gas Land show that this technology is unequivocally dangerous and has serious environmental impacts. France is in the process of banning it, a final vote will take in June. Stop this madness NOW!
manu song commented
I've heard of the devastating effects of fracking in the USA and how it is seriously contaminating water on an unimaginable scale so I am saying a very big NO to fracking in the UK.
Much agreed Buzzardmoon. A lot of people don't understand that we are extremely dependent on fossil fuels as an energy source. Are all of you willing to pay 5 times more for energy to avoid the use of oil and gas? That's what wind power is going to cost you. It still has a huge environmental impact which nobody associates it with because it is "green". On a hot summer day when you go to crank up your air conditioner (luxury) do you think that the wind turbines are likely providing any of that power to the grid? Not likely, Probably not a breeze blowing. You have to realize that electricity is not stored in batteries like your car. It is produced, then sent down the grid. When the turbines aren't turning fossil fuels are required to run your AC unit to keep you cool... I agree we need to research more into our renewable resources but until we reach the point where they are economically feasible we need another energy source. As long as the regulations for pumping safe chemicals, fracing is a good alternative.
SSDD, you can moan but we are all responsible, we are all sat on our plastic/oil based computers, using nuclear electrickery to power our ever growing appetites, we all drive cars and have a hot bath when we want. we all consume oil and gas in some way so how can we berate the companies who supply ALL OF OURS demand????
why seriously pollute and disrupt our ecological commons for finite resources, when the answer is blowing in the wind and shining down on us, if only there was the united global will to achieve FOSSIL FUEL INDEPENDENCE and ENERGY DESCENT PROGRAMS.
James Williams commented
Why delay the inevitable? We have no choice to make a serious commitment to a renewable switch over but seem intent on firstly fudging the planet as much as we can. What a waste.
Joey Ramone commented
We should be spending money on researching and exploiting wave power than constantly relying on the dwindling fossil fuel sources.
Beki Scott commented
Dan Knowlson commented
This must be stopped or we'll end up with contaminated ground water
teresa mann commented
more lies from the government who have no intention about protecting the enviroment it seems.What are we going to do about it!?