December 13, Yorkshire
The UK Coalition seem unable to get the message from voters, that is Frack Off. They are intent on restarting fracking in the UK in spite of problems in the past.
Two small earthquakes in Blackpool were blamed on early fracking attempts. The program was halted until a thorough assessment was made. It is doubtful that the suspect means of reaching gas is any safer but the government want to press ahead. Perhaps there is money to be made by said Ministers or their financial supporters?
They are trying to sell the controversial method of extracting gas by insisting that energy bills will be so much more expensive if we do not go ahead with the scheme. The price of gas and electric does rise regularly but whether fracking is worth the environmental risk is not proven.
The threat of gas bills becoming £600 a year more is frightening but is it any more than spin? If the government wanted to regulate the energy industry and nationalise it as in the past prices could be kept within people's budgets. Of course that would not please share holders.
Fracking has a bad track record in places such as the USA. Cracked water pipes and more will be a high price to pay for a little cheaper Gas. Better still, re nationalise the industry and reduce costs once and for all.
The USA is a vast country and by comparison the UK is a mere dot. If we cause havoc to our envrionment we will be in deep doo do.
The Government's energy secretary Edward Davey today lifted the ban on drilling for shale gas, which was put in place when tremors were caused in Lancashire. Exploratory fracking will now go ahead in the South, North West and North East of England. It will be interesting to see where in the South. It will not be anywhere near precious London and the seat of said Ministers or the Royal Family, will it?
Davey insists that tight controls will be in place when fracking recommences. He said there will not be a Sarah Palin US policy of "drill baby, drill" We would expect not, we are British after all! Joking aside though the regulations will not be enough to ease concerns. Allowing fracking in many areas will be like waiting for an atom bomb to explode, albeit slowly.
Who will foot the bill of any damage caused needs to be finalised. There is bound to be some fall out from fracking and it should be either the government or the fracking companies that pay up. No ifs, buts or debates just pay up.
The UK like many other countries will have to address its energy issues sooner rather than later. Looking for cheaper, renewable energy is a must. It has to be environementally friendly though or waht is the point? We are throwing money at wind farms and reducing carbon footprints so giving the go ahead to a potentially damaging practice, that is fracking, makes so sense.
Related reading and information regarding fracking can be found:
It would be good practice to read up on the information especially if you live in an area likely to be directly affected. Without any input from British citizens fracking will go ahead and cause yet more damage to our already battered country. It could turn out to be the best thing since sliced bread but that is doubtful. After all look at that statement. Yes being able to have auto sliced bread was great but then the quality of the food plummeted. In the end it was not beneficial at all. Get my drift?