March 23, 2015

I am against fracking here in North-East- Somerset and the rest of the UK. Fracked gas is a fossil fuel. Climate Change remains the biggest environmental threat to our globe and we must move away from coal, oil and gas to renewable energy generation. The only argument in favour of fracking is that fracked gas is less polluting than coal and oil, produces less carbon dioxide and as a “transition” fuel could help the move to a low-carbon economy. But the investment in renewable alternatives will suffer if fracking is prioritised. No financial case has yet been made that fracking will be cheaper than renewable energy generation. We should put all our investments into renewables as the real alternative to fossil fuels.
The local geology in North- East- Somerset is not at all suited to fracking. There are many fault lines in the local rock formation which will make the locating of gas generally haphazard. The rocks are full of caves which will make the drilling process imprecise and dangerous. Finally we have a complex under water system and fracking could threaten all of our fresh water supply and the hot springs that have made Bath a World Heritage site.


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