Stop the govt's plans to adopt "fracking"
The govt has granted licenses to drill using "fracking" and intends to issue more by the end of the year. There has been little, if any, unbiased information published on this, despite the many cases of long term damage to the environment and severe health problems in those areas in the US where fracking is used.In Blackpool, things are moving ahead quickly, yet the concerns of the local community are not being taken seriously. The government appears to be soldiering on, yet again, without properly exploring the issue or being open and transparent. I suspect they hope to implement the process before it becomes a high profile public issue. Fracking is not a process that we should accept without proper debate and unbiased scientific opinion. Take a look at the docu-film "Gaslands" which is a "warts and all" look at the impact of fracking in the US. It kills... literally.
Fracking poses a wide range of potentially harmful risks to health, housing and environment.
Without consent, regions of the UK have been "licensed off" (i.e. sold) to private companies - outrageous!
Act before it's too late and halt fracking.
Dear government: please come up with a sensible energy policy. Not one built upon untested & dangerous and environmentally-unfriendly procedures such as fracking.
Jonjo Warrick commented
It's such a fracking stupid idea that it needs to be stopped.
Helen Miller commented
Please act to stop fracking.
Why don't we keep on fracking and cause a nuclear disaster at Sellerfield or earthquakes all over Cumbria, that would liven up 2013. There can be no reason whatsoever to continue this practice in England. The more you think about it the more horrific it gets. We should all be very frightened.
S.K. Billings commented
Has anyone researched the effect that the chemicals used fracking have on farmland? What does it do to the crops that are grown in the area and how does it affect trees?
Please 38 Degrees, pick up the baton on this issue now before it is too late! I will even make a donation.
Donnaa Damzelle commented
since when does the lib cons listen to us! not only are they okaying fracking their allowing planners to build over masses of agricultural land and green spaces, with fracking and this, our green and pleasant land will resemble a coal tip, thus ruining our health as well as mother natures
I cannot believe this is hapening. Blow the earth apart with water/chemicals to get more gas to blow the ozone layer apart. It isn't even going to be cheap, unles the gas companies sell it to us at less than free market rates. ot holding my breath.
andy jackson commented
I find it amazing this fracking process seems to be surging ahead despite major major concerns over the chemicals pumped into the ground and what eventually happens to them. Cuadrilla , the drilling company, have not offered any more info on how they are going to stop these highly dangerous chemicals eventually entering the water table. George Osborne has already spoke about giving these company's tax relief , how can this be when we don't even know what long term effects this process is going to have, seems to me he has already made up his mind.
I live three miles away from the Banks site in Lancashire and this worries me alot, most people couldn't care less at the moment but I bet they would if their water became un- drinkable. People need to wake up and take this very seriously, who has given these "frackers "the right to possibly harm our land and possibly our people and walk off into the sunset with no regard and a big pay check in their pockets. One message FRACK OFF
There is another no fracking voting opportunity on this website:
"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.'"
I totally agree that fracking is a dangerous polluting practice and I don't know how a small island like the UK will sustain itself, or indeed the planet, if fracking goes ahead. We need to be promoting renewable sustainable technologies instead! The earth is a living organism that will suffer huge consequences if injected with thousands of litres of toxic non-biodegradable chemicals. I would like to see a petition against fracking being available for mass mainstream awareness and participation.
Helen Miller commented
Fracking worries me a lot. I'm sure a campaign could be run with some word play here.
kimberley davison commented
This is a major concern of mine. If this gets a large scale "OK", I will be leaving this country as soon as I am able to. I agree this needs bringing to people's attention - urgently! can we pay for films to be broadcast on TV? Maybe have a channel screen "Gasland" at a peak time to try and engage the mainstream?? EARTH QUAKES SHOULD BE THE LEAST OF OUR WORRIES REGARDING THIS VILE EXTRACTION PROCESS!!!
Mark Kelly commented
I am concerned about this technology. Rather than a useful source of energy, it seems like the daftest shortsighted idea
maggie Bowden commented
I've found this issue is still quite vague for people outside the campaigning loop. we need to engage the mainstream public as soon as possible, tell your mums, grannys, the daily mail etc.
There's a rather similar 38 degrees campaign request here asking for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. I have voted for both! This unregulated , unresearched industry, with public health and safety concerns, is threatening to wreck some of our best farmland. It must be stopped. Please.
It will be the ruination of our country for some short term gains for a few international companies.
There is also a Parliamentary e-petition available for signing. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/14271
Phil Driscoll commented
Expert Says Quakes in England May Be Tied to Gas Extraction
Katharine Spencer-Kay commented
Watch gas lands. The wast products pumped into the atmosphere can case irreversible brain damage as well as cancers. Do not let this happen any more than it already has.
Fiona C commented
Watch the film Gasland on you tube.
Its what they don't tell us we should be worried about!
Ask yourself why have most EU countries Ban Fracking?
Say No To 'Fracking' in UK