We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas – David Cameron – Telegraph

This is a MUST READ article from UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and published in the Telegraph.

via We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas – David Cameron – Telegraph.

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:

  1. Should David Cameron take the fracking decision to the UK people with a referendum?
  2. Why haven’t European countries like Germany and France embraced fracking?
Against fracking 01

Against fracking 01 (Photo credit: Bosc d’Anjou)

Any thoughts?…………

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A True Fracking Story – UK Take Heed – Part 4

Against fracking 01

Against fracking 01 (Photo credit: Bosc d’Anjou)

In case you missed the first,  second or third blogs, this is a series of blogs about the reality of frackingFracking is coming to the UK soon, perhaps to your neighbourhood. See today’s alarmist headline in the Daily Mail.

Let me again introduce Pit, who is a German expat who lives in Southern Texas. In this series of blogs, Pit describes his feelings as they started fracking across the road from his house in Texas.

Perhaps, the technology might be slightly different in the UK, but this is likely to be what happens when fracking arrives in town.

Here are links to some of Pit’s blogs, published in Spring 2012:

Thanks again Pit!

For Pit, the fracking came to town in December 2011 but to bring you up to date, here’s what he thought in July 2013:

Hi Alf,
Sitting in the middle of the Eagle Ford Shale fracking area as we’re here, I keep thinking about the pros and cons of it, and I haven’t come to any conclusion that satisfies me. On the one hand, fracking as any other technology has its risks. They can and will be minimized, though. But then, there’s Murphy’s law, and it would be foolish to assume that there will be no accidents. On the other hand, fracking not only produces oil, but also – and quite a lot in some places – natural gas, which in itself is a very clean source of energy. I’ve read about a study, though, that says that the methane which – at least at present – comes with the fracking (nearly) outweighs the advantages. But then, there are also studies that here in the US the output of carbon dioxide has been drastically reduced due to generating electricity from natural gas and not from coal. As said before, for the present time I don’t really know. But in the long run fracking – as well as getting oil out of tar sands, btw – will be unavoidable. Mankind will always want more energy that’s easy to come at whatever the consequences will be.
To finish on a personal note: for us down here the oil-boom generated by fracking is really double sided. It has certainly dimished the quality of life for us to the extent that we’re seriously planning to move elsewhere, but only because of the money we’re getting through royalties we’re able to move. And for our region itself: it’s certainly brings (plenty) of money into a formerly very poor region, but then also way too much traffic and deadly accidents, to name only that negative aspect.
Best regards from out of the middle of fracking country,

Pit – A German Expat’s Life in Texas

Also, once again, thanks to the efforts of David Cameron’s Government, fracking will be  coming to rural England soon.

Isn’t it time for Little Englanders to challenge the political classes?

Any thoughts?

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