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.'
Steve Jones commented
We must invest in the post carbon future and to seriously address climate change.. this investment in gas is a folly we will soon regret
Rowan Corney commented
Fracking has already poisoned the water table where it has been used in America,the earthquake risk is high and real,gas flame has already been recorded coming out of taps and wells !. The environmental damage that could be caused by this ill thought out and dangerous method is exceedingly high and the risks to human and animal and aquatic life is real and highly probable. This method must not be allowed here,no matter what the profit. The cost to life is far to high. To go ahead with this could potentially be a environmental and human disaster on a massive scale. The research is there,the evidence of what can and does go wrong is there. Fracking is like playing Russian roulette with the earth and all it's life forms. Please ...please do not allow this to go ahead!.
Catherine Rees commented
We must look to the US as how NOT to proceed with some ideas, policies and laws ... and yet 'we' continue blindly following. In the same way as the USA has proven the death penalty is not a deterent and is open to damning abuse, corruption and exploitation ... we begin to understand the damage experimental fracking has already caused in the US. There is a repeat pattern of behaviour happening here ... corruption, exploitation, greed and abuse of power.
Vanessa Spedding commented
It's crucial that we fight this horror.
John Atkinson commented
I see no advantages and only disadvantages to fracking. We shouldn't even think about it until independent reviews have been done by scientists that haven't been bought off. These need to be carried out for every single incident that is reported and retrospectively for all incidents where the affected people have been 'gagged'. Fracking has demonstrated that there is a serious need for some sanity. From what we can tell there is virtually no example of fracking where there hasn't been unacceptable pollution. But the companies concerned are still denying even slight culpability. They obviously feel guilty because they are buying everyone off who they possibly can.
Nicki Penaluna commented
How are they going to cope with the millions of gallons of water needed for frackturing. Put every family in the UK on a permanent hose pipe ban?
J. Buckley commented
Food, air and water security are surely the utmost importance to life on earth. The damage that this industry is causing is deplorable...Already we have seen Cuadrilla flouting the law when they were caught drilling two weeks outside of their given permissions, that alone says that the industry and the government are not to be trusted, to add to the insult the waste is being poured into our rivers.... This is ecocide!
This is still an issue and yet I see no campaign from 38 degrees. Why not? We are 20 months on from this suggestion and now the government is giving fracking the green light and on top of that, as part of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, the Government is planning to exempt large the frackers from local planning procedures. Instead these would be fast-tracked by the Government and be decided upon by ministers - and we all know that if there's money in it for them and it isn't in their back yard then they won't give a fig about the consequences. Yes, there was an 18 month moratorium but now it is time to act.
I think we should let it go ahead because they wont listen but when black pool tower falls the the earth tremors and they get sued for millions perhaps then they will learn blessed be
Gordon Owen commented
Any fossil fuel extraction is totally short sighted.We are told that fracking will supply us with gas for 30 years. Big deal!! What happens after that, for generations to come? Anyone who cannot see that renewable sources of energy are the only solution,(and also less demand by having less population and less waste) has to be a complete dumbo, or in the pay of the multinationals.
So much for our "green" Government!
Ian Griffiths commented
Fracking is proving an environmental disaster in the US. We must not allow it to happen here.
I guessed it was coming but it took some believing when the news finally broke - another reminder that some human beings will lie, and sign our children's future's away, just to secure their short-term economic gains!
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Daniel Teague commented
It is time for us to understand that the planet we live on needs her resources to continue. If we continue to take away the air she breaths, the oil that lubricates her, the gases that sustain her she will die.
If this happens what will become of the profits that the greedy have made in this illusion of wealth that exists and keeps us all enslaved.
Why on earth is the government 1) allowing fracking to take place in the UK, and 2) subsidising it? This is short-termism at its most pernicious increasing our dependency on a finite resource when we could be investing time and money in renewable, environmentally sound alternatives (and I'm not talking about nuclear here either!)
I wholeheartedly support a moratorium on fracking the UK and offer solar, wind and wave power generation as clean, renewable alternatives for the future.
Why is nobody listening?
Phyllis Bridgett commented
With all the rain we are having why oh why is nothing being done to produce more hydro electric power stations, they are clean and produce far more power than wind farms and the desecration of our country with this fracking, this destruction of our country must stop and these politicians who were elected to represent us must start listening to the people who put them in their cushy jobs.
What a short term, ill conceived idea! It caused an earth quake in Blackpool and was subsequently banned! Why on earth are we now allowing this dreadful practice elsewhere??
John Powell commented
The environmental credentials of the government have been shown to be very questionable and in the case of fracking they are prepared to allow the development of shale gas up and down the UK when there are some very worrying questions that have not been responded to at all. Apart from seismic disturbance there is evidence from the States of the water table becoming contaminated. it will also require a substantial infrastructure to move gas once it has been extracted. Can you imagine the impact this will have on what is an already pressurised countryside? Once again it seems that its all about making a fast buck and hang the consequences.
Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.
Sue Prince commented
Stop raping our earth for cheap short term fuel supplies. Think long term- treasure our country and our planet- use less, be more efficient and invest in renewables!