This morning I got home to find a message from Laura at the Lancashire Evening Post. I rang back and Laura asked for 400 words on why I support fracking. This came out of a Radio 4 programme Beyond Belief which was broadcast yesterday http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s6p6 . They were also contact a colleague Rev Chris Halliwell, who does not quite agree with me. http://www.blackburn.anglican.org/more_info.asp?current_id=469.
Anyway, here is what I sent;
To frack or not to frack.
Many think fracking is unsafe and causes earthquakes, pollutes air and water. Many of these are in RAFF’s (Residents action on Fylde Fracking) leaflet Shale gas; the facts, which claims 50% of wells leak in 15 years but do not mention this applies to off-shore OIL-wells in the USA, whereas none of the 2000 British onshore wells have leaked. They included a photo of the Jonah gas field in Wyoming, with wells two hundred yards apart, to show what will happen in England, not saying these were vertical wells not horizontally fracked.
However Cuadrilla says well-heads will be 2 to 6 km apart. Concerns about “chemicals” scare people, but Governor Hickinlooper of Colorado actually drank fracking fluid to make the point. A lot of water is used in fracking but gas power stations use less water than coal. The Preece Hall earthquakes at 1.5 and 2.3 could scarcely be felt. A 1.5 earthquake is like several sticks of dynamite. As a mining geologist I was tricked into going into a stope 40 yards long as the dynamite went off, and survived a 1.5 from yards away! At Roseacre signs have appeared warning of the dangers of “minor tremors”. This is scaremongering.
In 2012 the Royal Society (i.e the best scientists in Britain) published a report on fracking which stressed that with proper regulations, fracking is no riskier than any other industrial process. Sadly many ignore this and other informed reports.
Fracking will be a blessing; – less gas from Russia (very topical) USA and Qatar; boosting the economy;. Gas replacing more polluting coal for power stations; gas being used for buses and trucks in cities improving air quality. This is for starters.
Some oppose fracking, because of Climate Change, but many leading economists see gas as a bridge to a more carbon-free future, as renewables will not provide 80% of needs by 2050. If we do not frack in Britain, we shall burn more coal and import gas, as the world has vast quantities of gas. However there must be no let-up in renewables and energy conservation to halt climate change.
The choice is stark. Either frack, or put millions into fuel poverty and wreck the economy.
My reasons? First my Christian faith demands both protection and careful use of the earth for the benefit of all. Secondly my environmental concerns are informed by science and technology. Thirdly the scaremongering of anti-frackers needs to be exposed.
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