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some say it's good, some say it's bad. But what's the truth?
then bribe them by telling them you'll give a bit of it back if they take on a project that would otherwise likely not happen due to NIMBY-ism.
It's genius, and everybody wins!
Cut funding to all UK councils, then announce that those councils who have fracking sites within their borders get massive tax benefits.
Sod those councils which don't
providing all appropriate environmental safeguards are in place.
It's unlikely to be the solution to all our energy woes, and I'd be surprised if it really reduced prices but it would provide some energy security (in combination with other sources).
There's a lot of undue scaremongering about it, but equally a lot of overstatement of its potential benefits. Like pretty much anything it's difficult to get a clear view from the media.
There is probably a good reason to use shale gas in teh short to medium term as we switch from non-renewables to renewables. However, this government also needs to be approving far more Nuclear power stations. It is far and away the cheapest, cleanest and safest non-renewable source of energy there is
how every form of energy production is objected to in this country:
- don't like nuclear (too dangerous - er, no)
- don't like coal and gas (too dirty - er, not so much these days, particularly gas)
- don't like onshore wind farms (kill birds, NIMBY, ok, but they're only there for 25 years)
- don't like offshore wind farms (too unreliable - ok, but the NIMBY effect is much reduced)
- don't like fracking (don't know why I don't like it, but I don't like it, FFS)
- don't like relying on the Middle East and Russia
Essentially everybody wants power but they want it out of thin air. If they could get wave devices with some longevity, that would be good for us.
I'm against it. The risks being cited by the groups opposing it are realities being experienced in places where this is already taking place like the U.S and Canada. The argument for it is that we'll do a better job regulating the industry than the Americans but I don't see how this is possible given that the Environment Agency has had such substantial budget cuts. They've already admitted they won't be able to inspect every well so a certain amount of it will up to the drillers to self regulate.
The sheer speed and scale that this is being rolled out at along with the overwhelming support of Cameron and co is really alarming. I can't help but think they're trying to get everything rolling so it will be too late to turn back once the public realises that radon in the drinking water is pretty fucking awful.
it's a ridiculous amount, not sure how much but when i heard it on radio 5 yesterday it made me go wow.
nuke the planet from orbit, it's the only way to be sure
in that the UK isn't the guinea pig case/pioneer of a new technology/industry (granted fracking isn't a new technology, far from it infact as it has been used in the water well industry since the 1950's, minus the chemical additives).
We shouldn't waste the knowledge and experience of what has happened in USA in terms of regulation (or lack thereof), lack of transparency from the industry, potential contamination issues, impact on water demand and so on to do a much better job of it ourselves.
From what I've read and heard this is going to happen, the only question is when and to what degree will it be regulated. I could go on and on but I'll leave it there.
and since its a new issue its difficult to tell the veracity of the obviously polarised arguments science.
However I understand that Botswana gov may have sold rights to frack in an area that is already low in water, without the 'bushmens' knowledgable consent. lowering water tables in an area which has such fine tolerances in such things is not something that should be done behind closed doors......so "Booo"
"Evidence from the literature review suggests that rural communities face three major social impacts associated with shale gas drilling activities, which are set out below.
I think page 12 is my favourite: