frackfreebalcombe
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Frances Maude MP response to the challenges of gas exploration
Conservative Policy on mineral extraction (complete opposite to what they are now allowing to happen)
UNEP Global Advisory Service report on fracking
BPC Response to WSCC re Flare stack
BPC Response to WSCC re Extension
WSCC Planning consent WSCC/027/10/BA
Ireland's Technical Advisory Group response to fracking (Youtube video)
DECC - About shale gas and oil exploration.
Parliamentary Briefing Paper on Shale Gas July 2013
Govt, Council and NGO responses
This page provides an archive of recent technical papers raising some of the concerns with shale gas exploration. For example:

On 
Sunday August 18th a large cross-section of environmental and conservation groups called on the Government to “put the brakes on fracking”.

In a letter in the Sunday Times, the NGOs - including the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, WWF and Greenpeace– say protests in Balcombe, Sussex are not an isolated case of local dissent, but emblematic of concern shared by many of their members about the threat fracking poses to communities and the environment. 

This is the first time such a large number of influential NGOs has joined together to urge the Government to stop its headlong rush into fracking, and the first time the Wildlife Trusts have spoken out nationally. It comes after RSPB yesterday issued its first formal objections to fracking proposals in Balcombe and Lancashire.

“If we embrace fracking to the degree proposed by the Coalition, the UK will be left with a gas-dependent energy system for decades to come, meaning our ability to meet our legally-binding carbon targets will be significantly compromised,” said the group.

“Meanwhile there is no evidence that UK shale will reduce household energy bills and the clean technologies that can actually limit climate impacts, improve energy efficiency and deliver cheaper energy over time are being side-lined.”

RSPB spokesman Harry Huyton: “Balcombe has hit the headlines as the battleground in the debate over fracking. The public there are rightly concerned about the impact this new technology will have on their countryside. But these are not just nimbys – there is a very real public disquiet about fracking.”

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape at the Wildlife Trusts: “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing wildlife and society, so every possible step should be taken to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and to invest more in renewable alternatives. Fracking could take us several steps backwards, in terms of meeting climate commitments, and also poses multiple environmental risks, such as contamination of groundwater, which could severely harm communities, wildlife and ecosystems. These serious concerns must be addressed”

For more information you can contact Kathy Cumming, Greenpeace, on 07801212959

The full text of the joint letter is as follows:

Sirs,

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our shared concern over the Government’s headlong rush into fracking. A dash for shale gas and oil extraction is incompatible with our responsibility to address climate change and to protect wildlife and the natural environment.

The protest in Balcombe, Sussex is not an isolated case of local dissent. Rather, it should be seen as emblematic of the broad public concern shared by many of our members about the threat to communities and the environment posed by fracking, and anger that a government which came to power with aspirations of being the ‘greenest ever’ is now recklessly pursuing new sources of fossil fuels. Rather than addressing these concerns, the Government has aggravated them by “streamlining” planning and processes for granting environmental permits to encourage shale gas extraction, and promising “the most generous tax regime in the world” for the industry.

If we embrace fracking to the degree proposed by the Coalition, the UK will be left with a gas-dependent energy system for decades to come, meaning our ability to meet our legally-binding carbon targets will be significantly compromised. Meanwhile there is no evidence that UK shale will reduce household energy bills and the clean technologies that can actually limit climate impacts, improve energy efficiency and deliver cheaper energy over time are being side-lined.

We call on the Government to put the brakes on fracking in the UK now, and to put the focus back on using energy more efficiently and tapping into our greatest natural assets – wind, wave, and solar power – all of which would allow us to prosper in the long-run by providing safe, clean and renewable energy to fuel our economy.

Mike Clarke – chief executive - RSPB

Stephanie Hilborne – CEO, Wildlife Trusts

John Sauven – Executive Director, Greenpeace UK

David Nussbaum – CEO, WWF

Andy Atkins – Executive Director, Friends of the Earth

Phoebe Cullingworth, Climate Campaigns Manager, People & Planet

Simon Howlett, Co-Director, UK Youth Climate Coalition

David Babbs – Executive Director, 38 Degree
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