Personally, I do not think that David Cameron has accurately reflected the damage to the environment that would be caused by extensive fracking in some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside; also the risks have been understated.
I am also suspicious of the role of the Local Authorities here. If Local Authorities receive £100,000 for the granting of a license for exploration, surely they are going to be less stringent in protecting environmental issues?
Finally, when the fracking companies go into production, they are going to pay the Local Authorities a share of the revenues for the benefit of the community. I would argue that the compensation should be paid to property owners whose views are blighted by the fracking sites. To reinforce this argument, I refer you to a series of blogs from Pit, a German expat living in Southern Texas, who described in detail what happened when they set up a fracking site across the road from his house. in Texas.
Once again, there does not appear to have been proper consultation from David Cameron’s Government and now we are getting spin to justify a decision already made.
Let me ask two open questions:
- Fracking boss Francis Egan receives bomb threat over shale gas exploration – Telegraph (dralfoldman.com)
- David Cameron in warning over fracking (scotsman.com)
- Fracking: David Cameron urges whole of UK to accept controversial dash for shale gas (mirror.co.uk)
- David Cameron and the Politics of Fracking – John Gelmini (dralfoldman.com)
- David Cameron slips up with promise of £1m fracking ‘bribes’ – ten times higher than planned (telegraph.co.uk)
- David Cameron in fracking mess as he overstates community benefit by TEN times (mirror.co.uk)
- David Cameron slips up with promise of £1m fracking ‘bribes’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- We need to frack more, says Cameron (thetimes.co.uk)
- Cameron’s pitch for fracking to win over rural communities (thetimes.co.uk)
- Britain must not miss out on fracking: Cameron says drilling for shale gas should take place at more sites (southweb.org)