Fracking support falls after protests in Balcombe in Sussex

The Argus: Fracking support falls after protests in Balcombe in Sussex Fracking support falls after protests in Balcombe in Sussex

Public support for fracking has fallen since protests in Sussex last summer, a survey has found.

This is despite promises of financial payments to communities who allow shale gas development.

The University of Nottingham survey revealed backing for the controversial technology, which involves pumping liquid at high pressure deep underground to fracture rock and release gas, has been on the slide since the protests in Balcombe which cost Sussex Police about £4m to police.


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The latest in a series of surveys on public perceptions of the issue has shown concerns over water pollution as a result of fracking have continued to increase.

Worries about water contamination were declining before the Balcombe protests, but it formed a key issue for protesters worried that energy company Cuadrilla would frack in their area.

The survey of 3,751 people this month found those who had heard of fracking, 43% associated it with water contamination compared to 27% who did not.

Contamination In July, before the protests, 35% |of people associated fracking with |contaminating water, and 30% did|not, a gap of just five percentage points.

But the split grew, with those concerned about contamination outstripping those who did not associate fracking with the issue by 11 percentage points in September, with the gap now standing at 16 percentage points.

Fewer people now consider shale gas to be a clean energy source either, with 30% thinking it was clean, compared to 43% who did not.

In July last year, 34% of people considered shale a clean energy source, while 37% did not, the research by the University of Nottingham found.

Half of those polled who had heard of fracking think shale is cheap, compared to 27% who do not.

Six months ago it was seen as cheap by 55%.

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5:08am Sat 1 Feb 14

P.Dant says...

Protests do raise awareness.You can only form an opinion about something that you are aware of.Whether people look beyond the sensational headlines,is another question.
Protests do raise awareness.You can only form an opinion about something that you are aware of.Whether people look beyond the sensational headlines,is another question. P.Dant

9:12am Sat 1 Feb 14

hammerfan says...

Oldest story in the world! Remember the protest over the cost of petrol.
When the lights go out just watch attitudes change!
Oldest story in the world! Remember the protest over the cost of petrol. When the lights go out just watch attitudes change! hammerfan

9:14am Sat 1 Feb 14

jamesthemonkeh says...

Discuss all aspects of fracking in the UK - http://www.frackingf
orum.co.uk/
Discuss all aspects of fracking in the UK - http://www.frackingf orum.co.uk/ jamesthemonkeh

10:11am Sat 1 Feb 14

pwlr1966 says...

I still support Fracking, nobody asked me
I still support Fracking, nobody asked me pwlr1966

10:45am Sat 1 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Since the early 1900's, when the era of helping the poor and setting up the NHS, has any government actually helped the people - like they are supposed to do? No, they've just made money for themselves, like our current bunch of corrupt politicians. What has Georgey porgie Osborne done - set up 50% less tax to pay for fracking companies, like his father in law owns - this shows you exactly what they are like, corrupt to the core.

Get them all out and get a new government in - one that is not sponsored by corrupt companies that don't pay tax in the UK. We should have independent politicians, ones that work for us to help us and to help our country grow. That gets jobs, housing, proper pay (so people aren't earning too little to live on that they have to apply for child tax credits and working tax credits, because why should our government be topping up the poorly paid wages in the UK? The companies should be made to pay a proper, living wage).
Since the early 1900's, when the era of helping the poor and setting up the NHS, has any government actually helped the people - like they are supposed to do? No, they've just made money for themselves, like our current bunch of corrupt politicians. What has Georgey porgie Osborne done - set up 50% less tax to pay for fracking companies, like his father in law owns - this shows you exactly what they are like, corrupt to the core. Get them all out and get a new government in - one that is not sponsored by corrupt companies that don't pay tax in the UK. We should have independent politicians, ones that work for us to help us and to help our country grow. That gets jobs, housing, proper pay (so people aren't earning too little to live on that they have to apply for child tax credits and working tax credits, because why should our government be topping up the poorly paid wages in the UK? The companies should be made to pay a proper, living wage). getThisCoalitionOut

3:15pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Take it Personally says...

Then the protests were worth every penny it cost!
Then the protests were worth every penny it cost! Take it Personally

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