Is there any future for fracking in Britain?

If any frackers still retain any doubt about the depth of the crisis into which they have plunged themselves, they should have turned up for a briefing on Tuesday on their latest scheme for finding ways of gaining public acceptance. For the chairman of a special task force they set up to “create a platform for reasoned discussion” of the controversial practice struggled to express any confidence that the industry would long survive in Britain.

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Planners agree more time for shale gas decisions

  News Release: Planners agree more time for shale gas decisions

County Council continues Fracking Consultation for two more weeks

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Although today is officially the final day for members of the public to ‘have their say’ in Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) consultation on two controversial fracking applications, County yesterday confirmed that, as they have not yet set a date for the hearings, they will continue to accept submissions from the public for “at least another two weeks”, which would take us to Friday 1 May.

 

 

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California’s water system is in crisis.

There is no question that California’s water system is in crisis. With water levels at their lowest point in decades, there are increasing concerns that our state’s water supply and delivery system may not be able to meet growing needs.1  California’s current drought has greatly increased water competition in areas with oil and gas wells, 96% of which are located in areas  experiencing severe water shortages.2

Given the significance of securing California’s water supply, it is important to understand the potential consequences of fracking and other forms of unconventional oil development on California’s water supply including availability and price of water, the potential for water contamination, and the billions of barrels of contaminated water that are produced as a byproduct of the fracking process.

 

 

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Health professionals call: ban fracking for five years

Paul Mobbs   31st March 2015

Medact, the organization of health professionals for a safer, fairer and better world, has called for a five year moratorium on fracking due to its serious hazards to public health, writes Paul Mobbs. Their new report is a powerful challenge to government policy that cannot be ignored.
The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking.
Medact, the UK-based public health group concerned with the social and ecological determinants of health, have published their long-awaited report on the impacts of fracking upon public health. First announced last year, following Public Health England’s questionable report into the impacts of shale gas, Medact’s review considers a number of existing reviews of the evidence of ‘fracking’ on public health. Given the likely public health consequences of climate change, it also examines claim that shale gas might aid the transition towards a low carbon energy system. The conclusion of the report, which is likely to beget further vitriol from the UK’s pro-fracking lobby, is clear: “On the basis of our existing knowledge, it would be both prudent and responsible to call for, at the very least, a five year moratorium on all activities related to shale gas development … ”

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