• Devon County Council urged to reject fracking

    6th December 2012 | News | Claire
  • The announcement follows news from the government that they are intending to allow fracking companies access to almost two thirds of the British countryside.

    The eastern part of Devon is in the area designated by the Dept of Energy and Climate Change as suitable for licensing of shale gas drilling operations.

    Frack Free Devon opposes the development of fracking and the dumping of frack waste within the borders of Devon.

    Frack Free Devon’s factsheet is below, which also includes ways that you can influence the outcome of this worrying new way of creating energy:…………………………………..

    F A C T S H E E T

    WHAT IS FRACKING?
    “Fracking is short for “Hydraulic Fracturing”: A dangerous technique of extracting shale gas from shale beds below the ground. It involves drilling down into the shale bedrock, and then horizontally into the bed.

    The shale is “fracked” by pumping down huge quantities of water, aggregate and toxic chemicals under pressure. This fractures the shale and allows the gas to be pumped out.
    “Fracking” – like “tar sand oil” and “coal bed methane” – is part of a frantic effort to reach ever decreasing resources of fossil fuels via extreme methods.

    WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
    The extraction of shale gas has irreversible consequences as follows:
    • The conversion of rural areas into industrial wastelands, crucial in a county such as ours which relies on tourism;
    • The creation of significant noise and smell, together with the generation of much traffic.
    • The contamination of water sources with a cocktail of chemicals, many of them cancer-causing;
    • Air pollution from the fracking operations;
    • The creation of a large demand for water;
    • The creation of large volumes of sludge – mostly composed of water and rock, but laced with the chemicals used in the fracking fluid, and this requires disposal;
    • The damaging impact on the development of renewable energy;
    • The inevitable fact that our commitment to the UK’s legally enforced climate target is now in tatters.

    COMING TO DEVON?
    The eastern part of Devon is in the area designated by the Dept of Energy and Climate Change as suitable for licensing of shale gas drilling operations.

    ACTION
    • Send a letter to your County Councillor (Ottery Rural’s County Councillor is Roger Giles (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) OR Christine Channon covers Aylesbeare (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) asking them to sign up to “Frack Free Devon”.

    • Send a letter to your MP – East Devon Hugo Swire (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Neil Parish – Tiverton and Honiton (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), to ask them to sign up to the anti-fracking Early Day Motion 2159 (sponsored by Caroline Lucas and Michael Meacher).

    For more information about Frack Free Devon click here – http://www.facebook.com/groups/249305518500431/permalink/343269625770686/