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.'
David Green commented
The only good that fracking will bring is cheap gas. It will not be good, and probably bad, for local areas where fracking takes place. It will be good for those who are greedy for cheap energy. But burning hydrocarbons is not good. It's really not good. And it's got to be reduced, not increased through the production of cheapish fracked gas. Fracking is the wrong thing to do, for us and for our children. The balance between the cost to the environment and the cheapness of fracked gas has to be rebalanced.
M Stanbrook commented
Fracking is perfectly safe. I have not seen a single case-study of any value showing otherwise. It does not cause methane in water supplies, it does not cause earthquakes - it does cause minor movements from time to time but they are 100 or 1000 times less energetic than the regular force 2 or 3 earthquakes that the country experiences all the time.
There are no 'secret chemicals'.
Please drop this NIMBY-ism. I would be happy to have shale fracked in my back yard, or a wind farm, or a nuclear power plant.
I'd ask any of you against this, do you eat Organic food? If so you're doing more harm on your own than fracking the entire country will do for 100 years. Every organic apple you eat means 3 less apples made - and people are starving. Hope you enjoy your next one!
Dudley Young commented
Bad news for the Weald and other shale rich areas in the UK if this goes through.
Josh Fox's 2 Gasland documentaries make for an interesting viewing of hydraulic fracking in the US.
Please help propose this as a campaign for 38 degrees to take up.
Fracking. Some people are going to get very rich on it.
The rest of us will just have to wonder when will be the next water shortage - because fracking takes a huge amount of our precious water which is often in short supply. We will have to wonder what is the medium and long term effect of chemicals pumped into the ground - which are bound to enter the groundwater at some point. We will have to assume that the UK no longer cares about global warming - because we are investing in an energy which is going to release massive amounts of CO2, firstly through the extraction process and secondly actually using the gas. And we will have to put up with the industrialisation of our beautiful countryside.
Meanwhile Cameron and his mates will be able to buy nice big estates in France from the profits - where it is not permitted ...
Is our mother, the earth, and the precious land which we inhabit now earmarked for such a full scale rape, as the politicians in collusion with the oil and gas companies would desire for their own selfish profit? Is there an agenda to destroy everything natural, so that the people of this planet either die or fall under the full control of the few wealthiest?
Dave Stewart commented
The rush to Fracking which pumps 'secret chemicals' into the soil without any Govt Enviro assessment and approval should be of concern to all. Once the land is fracked the challenge is to control the released gas emission. An impossible task.
Any sensible view would demand proper scientific and public assessment and trial prior to the commercial rush to production.
The government plans on passing new legislation which would reduce the requirements for consultation with local landowners and residents before fracking could take place. This is motivated by profit (attracting investment) and ignores the significant risk of water pollution and other concerns which are well documented.
The time to act is now as this consultation on this legislation ends 14th October 2013.
Stephanie Bytheway commented
This is our water. This is our air. This is our health. This is our future. So many issues converge. They know a moratorium should have been called long ago. They know what they should conclude from the evidence. But they will avoid it until we force them to do the right thing. So let's make a fuss.
The more I read about fracking the more concerned I become. Fracking is the wrong route to take to tackle our energy problems.
Dave Diamond commented
Wouldn't it be nice to believe that politicians will listen to the people on this isse!!
Renee Stotz commented
If fracking is allowed to happen here in the UK, it will be much more than the water table that will be contaminated. Imagine what will happen if fracking is allowed - not just in the more rural areas, but also in urban areas - particularly with the government's push on the use of nuclear energy. Hmmm, fracking leads to earthquakes + nuclear power plants + nuclear waste = disaster!
This campaign needs to get started now 38 Degrees...why hasn't this started yet?!?
Not the same. Hydraulic fracturing with slick water has only taken place in last nine years. Different techniques.
A Hooper commented
Wytch farm was fracked , read page 17 of the report (URL raeng.org.uk/shale
Wytch Farm was not hydraulically fracked. Totally different process. There is nothing invisible about the 1200 wells planned for west Lancashire. The future is renewables. The idea that the UK economy can be saved by shale is laughable. The whole sector is based on hype http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/08/12/banker-destroys-argument-for-shale-gas-in-a-short-letter/
A Hooper commented
The Wytch Farm Oilfield in the Poole area was fracked many years ago and contains over 200 separate well drillings. It has cause NO local environmental damage such as mini earthquakes, fluid leakage and sits almost invisibly in one of the local forests steadily producing oil. Gas fracking is even deeper and even less likely to cause significant problems, particularly when monitored by a UK inspectorate. The UK economy doesn't have the luxury of sitting around expecting our current standard of living to continue unabated, our manufacturing industry is weak, education slipping down the world league tables and even a demise of the morally dubious earners such as selling everyone unwanted financial products. We NEED the gas now even if only to balance the intermittent output from expensive wind farms. This anti-fracking campaign is ill judged and driven by media generated drama such as filming US methane emission from taps which had always occurred in that area long before fracking took place. Look at the Royal Academy report at raeng.org.uk/shale for a less biased viewpoint.
Tobacco does not cause cancer...fracking is safe....pull the other leg!! How can any thinking person support the contaminAtion of our underground water supplies?. Jonathan
Stop this madness.Its all about money! What kind of a planet will we leave for our future generations. This is the same as DDT. So toxic. I cannot believe Cameron can support this....Read what the scientists say......
When will humans start considering the long term implication of things before thinking of their pockets? We have to stop harming the planet and take responsibility for our actions: how pumping dangerous chemicals into the earth can even be considered is beyond me. Governments are ignoring the fact that we simply do not know the long term implications of this technology and jumping on a financial "quick fix". What will happen in 20, 50, 200 years if we allow these things to proceed so quickly? It will simply be too late. There are plenty of other far more environmently safer technologies that do not get backing for any trials or expension because they do not bring money to the fat cats pockets. It is not just our goverment, power and money corrupt people and blind them - this is a universal fact. We are in the 21st century snd still behaving like ignorant cavemen. We are taking things for granted and not facing our responsibilies towards the planet. Action to stop fracking worldwide is imperative.
The seriousness and gravity of this situation has only really become apparent to me in the last few days. An irreversible ecological disaster, widespread pollution, devastated communities and widespread health issues will be on our hands WITHIN 20 years if we don't stop this. The evidence is already apparent in the US.
It appears the government are hellbent on going ahead with plans regardless. Other countries have managed to halt plans if only for now. 2 seismic events in Blackpool already. There are many planning applications already approved. Check out http://frack-off.org.uk/frack-attack-application-for-britains-first-unconventional-gas-development/ to see what plans in your local area are.
Ian Crane's synopsis on the issues at hand is well worth a watch: http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/ian-crane-uks-fracking-nightmare
Please get up to speed on the issues and vote for this issue. We need to act NOW!
38 degrees needs to support the balcombe anti fracking campaigners, this is a test case in one of the last unspoilt parts of mid sussex a designated area of special scientific interest and outstanding natural beauty. For the amount of oil and gas that they wish to produce they will need to drill over 6,000 shale gas wells and 800 oil wells, severely damaging the area and requiring a huge amount of toxic chemicals harmful to both the local community and the wildlife in the area. It could also potentially leak harmful chemicals into the local drinking water! Unacceptable for our children to be left with poisoned water and devastated land!