Fracking fears are dismissed

Gazette & Herald: Fracking fears are dismissed Fracking fears are dismissed

MOVES to extract shale gas in the region by fracking have moved a step closer after Government agencies dismissed key arguments of its opponents.

Environment Agency chairman Chris Smith said fears over the controversial extraction method of causing gas to flow out of the ground by injecting sand, water and chemicals into rock had been exaggerated.

Lord Smith said fracking should be allowed in national parks like the North York Moors, which is among a number of areas in northern England where drilling firms believe there are trillions of cubic feet of shale gas which could be recovered.

Gas drilling company Dart Energy, which has a licence to explore for shale gas in a large area covering 15,000sq km across the North of England, said in January that it could begin fracking in North Yorkshire in the next two years.

Lord Smith said the visual impact of fracking would be "very limited" if managed correctly in the right location.

He added: “We aren't yet ready to see 100 per cent of our energy requirements being produced from renewables.

“Over the next ten to 20 years we are going to have to use fossil fuels still and it's much better to use gas than coal.”

Lord Smith's comments came as a Public Health England report concluded the potential risks to public health near shale gas extraction sites would be low if the sites and properly run and regulated.

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12:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

BL2 says...

No surprise there then. It's going ahead even if it's dangerous!
No surprise there then. It's going ahead even if it's dangerous! BL2
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5:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

rafa1961 says...

i bet this guy doesnt live near a proposed fracking site
i bet this guy doesnt live near a proposed fracking site rafa1961
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6:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

its been happening in America for ages.........the greens would have campaigned against the wheel...........prob
ably coal mining, North sea gas drilling and oil prospecting,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,where would we be today if they had their way ??
its been happening in America for ages.........the greens would have campaigned against the wheel...........prob ably coal mining, North sea gas drilling and oil prospecting,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,where would we be today if they had their way ?? nearlyman
  • Score: -4

7:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

RoseD says...

nearlyman wrote:
its been happening in America for ages.........the greens would have campaigned against the wheel...........prob

ably coal mining, North sea gas drilling and oil prospecting,,,,,,,,,

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,where would we be today if they had their way ??
Yeh and property values have plummeted. Homes cannot get insurance. Mortgages are turned down. The water and soil are contaminated, cancer rates increased. The tap water can CATCH ON FIRE. The gummit are fools, fools, fools. Stop with the SUVs, dial down the a/c and open a window, and stretch out our dwindling fossil fuels. Germany (even less sun? certainly similar sun) has embraced solar, wind etc and, I think, 70% or so of their power is now from renewables. We're an island. Why not tidal power? I know it causes its own issues, but surely the smog from burning fossils is bad too.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: its been happening in America for ages.........the greens would have campaigned against the wheel...........prob ably coal mining, North sea gas drilling and oil prospecting,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,where would we be today if they had their way ??[/p][/quote]Yeh and property values have plummeted. Homes cannot get insurance. Mortgages are turned down. The water and soil are contaminated, cancer rates increased. The tap water can CATCH ON FIRE. The gummit are fools, fools, fools. Stop with the SUVs, dial down the a/c and open a window, and stretch out our dwindling fossil fuels. Germany (even less sun? certainly similar sun) has embraced solar, wind etc and, I think, 70% or so of their power is now from renewables. We're an island. Why not tidal power? I know it causes its own issues, but surely the smog from burning fossils is bad too. RoseD
  • Score: -2

12:39am Thu 3 Jul 14

Phalanges says...

http://bigstory.ap.o
rg/article/fracking-
study-finds-newer-ga
s-wells-leak-more
http://bigstory.ap.o rg/article/fracking- study-finds-newer-ga s-wells-leak-more Phalanges
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12:40am Thu 3 Jul 14

Phalanges says...

Sorry, but it won't post the previous link properly. Just connect the ends and beginnings of lines.
Sorry, but it won't post the previous link properly. Just connect the ends and beginnings of lines. Phalanges
  • Score: 0
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