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Protesters tell PM to send fracking packing

The Argus: Anti-fracking protesters in New Road, Brighton Anti-fracking protesters in New Road, Brighton

An anti-fracking campaigner has delivered a letter to Number 10 calling on the Prime Minister to impose an immediate ban on the controversial drilling technique.

Energy firms believe hydraulic fracturing, which uses high-pressure liquid pumped deep underground to split shale rock and release gas, is an “economic necessity”.

But as part of a national day of protest, campaigners took to the streets in Brighton over the weekend to highlight the issue.

Environmentalist Vanessa Vine, co-ordinator of No Fracking In Sussex, was one of six people to visit Downing Street and hand in a letter calling for fracking to be banned.

Ms Vine said: “Safe fracking is the oxymoron of the decade.

“You can’t do it safely. You cannot legislate for the vagaries of the subterranean geology.

“You start putting water underground at pressure that will crack million-year-old rock, it’s going to go through your cement well casings.

“Your chemicals are going to escape along faultlines along the water courses.”

Drilling concerns

Campaigners claim 57,000 acres of Sussex have been declared as assets for shale gas exploration.

Cuadrilla Resources, which has four exploration drilling sites in Lancashire, was granted planning permission for exploratory drilling in Balcombe, near Haywards Heath.

But local residents launched a campaign fearing it could “wreak havoc” on the area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as causing damage to air and water supplies.

Following these concerns, the Government placed a temporary moratorium on fracking while the health benefits were examined.

It has been reported that Energy Secretary Ed Davey will soon end this while Chancellor George Osborne has said he is considering tax incentives for the industry.

It is believed he may provide further details in his Autumn Statement on Wednesday, December 5.

Brighton protest

In Brighton, a group of up to 30 people erected a 6ft oil rig in New Road on Saturday, December 1.

People wearing yellow boilersuits and dressed as animals dragged the ‘oil rig’ from Jubilee Square to New Road.

Banners including “Sussex is not for shale” were displayed.

Darren Ollerton, of Sussex Extreme Energy Resistance, said: “There’s a danger that the water included in the chemicals might actually migrate into the aquifers which can then poison and contaminate people.”

Another said: “If anything goes wrong that’s all the water supplies ruined for ever. Let’s send fracking packing.”

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, told a national newspaper: “We are starting a whole new onshore gas industry. In our licence alone we can supply a quarter of the UK’s gas demand.”

But Green MP Caroline Lucas said: “We should be looking forward with purpose rather than desperately speculating about the last remaining hard-to-reach fossil fuels at a time when we already know about enough fossil fuels than is safe to burn.”

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9:32pm Mon 3 Dec 12

theleftygiraffe says...

Frack off, the whole idea of injecting water and chemicals into the ground for 'cheap' fossil fuels is absurd.
Frack off, the whole idea of injecting water and chemicals into the ground for 'cheap' fossil fuels is absurd. theleftygiraffe
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8:29am Tue 4 Dec 12

Cyril Bolleaux says...

I fully support fracking and hope the Govt. ignores the anti-fracking NIMBYs. Fracking is good science based upon fact rather than green prejudice and ignorance.
I fully support fracking and hope the Govt. ignores the anti-fracking NIMBYs. Fracking is good science based upon fact rather than green prejudice and ignorance. Cyril Bolleaux
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9:28am Tue 4 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

"looking forward with purpose" - is that the same as crossing your fingers and hoping things work out?
"looking forward with purpose" - is that the same as crossing your fingers and hoping things work out? Morpheus
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10:18am Tue 4 Dec 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

Assuming that Vanessa is basing her arguments on referenced, qualified research, it is important that a balanced debate is had on this subject. Personally, I would instinctively support opportunities that bring economic development of the area and help mitigate our energy-provision issues by using resources within our own sovereignty. Who wouldn’t? But of course the potential risks and costs of fracking have to be balanced against this. Unfortunately, eco-warrior type publicity stunts such as this will only serve to polarise opinion as ideological fervour tends to overrun any rational views that may be presented. Both sides should be prepared to admit they’re wrong in the light of fact, but that’s not what most human beings are like.
Assuming that Vanessa is basing her arguments on referenced, qualified research, it is important that a balanced debate is had on this subject. Personally, I would instinctively support opportunities that bring economic development of the area and help mitigate our energy-provision issues by using resources within our own sovereignty. Who wouldn’t? But of course the potential risks and costs of fracking have to be balanced against this. Unfortunately, eco-warrior type publicity stunts such as this will only serve to polarise opinion as ideological fervour tends to overrun any rational views that may be presented. Both sides should be prepared to admit they’re wrong in the light of fact, but that’s not what most human beings are like. Fairfax Sakes
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10:32am Tue 4 Dec 12

whereisthe...? says...

Yeah, nice try. Except fact STATES that fracking is one of the most damaging things we can do to the environment.


THEY THEMSELVES ADMIT IT EVEN CAUSES EARTHQUAKES!! So dont bother trying the fake - 'oh, let's wait and see when they've already built ten sites and the local water is poisoned'.

Fake ignorance is an old Tory trick. Sad.


Bravo to the protestors / people involved. You inspire people.


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http://www.guardian.
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http://www.guardian.
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Yeah, nice try. Except fact STATES that fracking is one of the most damaging things we can do to the environment. THEY THEMSELVES ADMIT IT EVEN CAUSES EARTHQUAKES!! So dont bother trying the fake - 'oh, let's wait and see when they've already built ten sites and the local water is poisoned'. Fake ignorance is an old Tory trick. Sad. Bravo to the protestors / people involved. You inspire people. http://www.independe nt.co.uk/environment /green-living/exclus ive-fracking-company --we-caused-50-tremo rs-in-blackpool--but -were-not-going-to-s top-6256397.html http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/sep/23/fracking-i ndustry-minimal-regu lation-uk?INTCMP=ILC NETTXT3487 http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/nov/02/fracking-c ause-lancashire-quak es whereisthe...?
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12:59pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Cyril Bolleaux says...

whereisthe...? wrote:
Yeah, nice try. Except fact STATES that fracking is one of the most damaging things we can do to the environment. THEY THEMSELVES ADMIT IT EVEN CAUSES EARTHQUAKES!! So dont bother trying the fake - 'oh, let's wait and see when they've already built ten sites and the local water is poisoned'. Fake ignorance is an old Tory trick. Sad. Bravo to the protestors / people involved. You inspire people. http://www.independe nt.co.uk/environment /green-living/exclus ive-fracking-company --we-caused-50-tremo rs-in-blackpool--but -were-not-going-to-s top-6256397.html http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/sep/23/fracking-i ndustry-minimal-regu lation-uk?INTCMP=ILC NETTXT3487 http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/nov/02/fracking-c ause-lancashire-quak es
What are you going on about? Fracking is safe. Caroline Lucas opposes it because it is fossil fuel - that is her political position - not on safety grounds.
[quote][p][bold]whereisthe...?[/bold] wrote: Yeah, nice try. Except fact STATES that fracking is one of the most damaging things we can do to the environment. THEY THEMSELVES ADMIT IT EVEN CAUSES EARTHQUAKES!! So dont bother trying the fake - 'oh, let's wait and see when they've already built ten sites and the local water is poisoned'. Fake ignorance is an old Tory trick. Sad. Bravo to the protestors / people involved. You inspire people. http://www.independe nt.co.uk/environment /green-living/exclus ive-fracking-company --we-caused-50-tremo rs-in-blackpool--but -were-not-going-to-s top-6256397.html http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/sep/23/fracking-i ndustry-minimal-regu lation-uk?INTCMP=ILC NETTXT3487 http://www.guardian. co.uk/environment/20 11/nov/02/fracking-c ause-lancashire-quak es[/p][/quote]What are you going on about? Fracking is safe. Caroline Lucas opposes it because it is fossil fuel - that is her political position - not on safety grounds. Cyril Bolleaux
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9:00am Wed 5 Dec 12

whereisthe...? says...

What I am "going on about" is facts. If you cant even be bothered to check, admit, refer to or use facts, especially when they are laid out in front of you, then frankly you shouldn't voice any opinion. Simple.

I dont speak on subjects I know nothing about, neither should you. As my post stated, deliberate ignorance is pathetic. You have simply shown yourself for the sad little person you are.
What I am "going on about" is facts. If you cant even be bothered to check, admit, refer to or use facts, especially when they are laid out in front of you, then frankly you shouldn't voice any opinion. Simple. I dont speak on subjects I know nothing about, neither should you. As my post stated, deliberate ignorance is pathetic. You have simply shown yourself for the sad little person you are. whereisthe...?
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