Lib Dems attack fracking report

Hampshire Chronicle: Lib Dems attack fracking report Lib Dems attack fracking report

LIB DEMS have attacked a “complacent” county council report on fracking.

At a meeting last Thursday, the council considered the impact of controversial drilling for shale gas.

Cllr Martin Tod said it would be wrong to accept a report which said Hampshire had sufficient regulations in place to protect it from the risks of fracking.

He said the document compared the amount of water used in a fracking well to that used by a golf course, but that the figure used refers to a Florida golf course over one year. In Hampshire, he said, the amount of water required had been grossly underestimated.

At a full council meeting in Winchester on Thursday (NOV 28), he said: “The report is complacent about the use of water.

“Residents are being told to use water meters. Our two main rivers are vulnerable. We would be wrong to accept the committee recommendations,” he said.

Cllr Mel Kendal supported the report’s recommendations, but criticised some of the rhetoric surrounding the debate.

“In the case of fracking, the first casualty has been the truth. I do not think you can over estimate the economic benefits that would come to Hampshire with gas exploration. The economic benefits will create a boom.

“Gas is good, I agree though that water is a problem,” he said.

Fracking — or hydraulic fracturing — involves drilling thousands of feet underground and then pumping in pressurised water and chemicals to crack the rocks below and release trapped pockets of gas.

Concerns have been raised including pollution of groundwater, chemical spills, methane emissions and “small earthquakes”.

The Environment Agency would monitor water quality, methane escape and seismic activity and has the power to shut down wells if problems develop.

Licences for exploratory drilling have already been granted in parts of Hampshire, including north of Winchester between Kings Worthy and Stockbridge.

Despite lib Dem opposition, the council voted overwhelmingly to support the recommendations.

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6:00pm Mon 2 Dec 13

griffon says...

Nice try but the Tories detest anything to do with climate change. Lets' see how they feel when the frackers arrive. No amount of regulation is going to stop the industrialisation of the countryside once you give it a green light. Most of the present cabinet are unlikely to be around when it starts to happen so why should it care
Nice try but the Tories detest anything to do with climate change. Lets' see how they feel when the frackers arrive. No amount of regulation is going to stop the industrialisation of the countryside once you give it a green light. Most of the present cabinet are unlikely to be around when it starts to happen so why should it care griffon

10:53pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Peter Donovan says...

The amount of water used to frack is repeated several times over the life of a well, millions of gallons, and that water cannot be used again, whereas water used on a golf course will end up being used again. The amount of lorry movements per well is enormous and will affect any community in this country. The noise from the drill is horrendous, and it is 24/7, and when it comes to burning off the gases...that is louder than a pneumatic drill. Fracking has already caused earthquakes in this country...two from only four wells...50% failure!! Those earthquakes may not be huge, but if they damage the well the poisoned water that is used for fracking WILL escape. No one can regulate for what goes on thousands of feet underground. Mistakes WILL happen, as they have in the US, Australia and other countries. When those mistakes happen, the people, wildlife, agriculture and nature will be damaged. There will be no 'boom' created by fracking. It will not reduce the cost of gas to the consumer....that has already been stated by those in the industry, but the Government chooses to ignore that. The only ones who will benefit are the corporations. There are so many reasons to reject fracking. It is not a NYMBY thing...it is protection of our beautiful land.
The amount of water used to frack is repeated several times over the life of a well, millions of gallons, and that water cannot be used again, whereas water used on a golf course will end up being used again. The amount of lorry movements per well is enormous and will affect any community in this country. The noise from the drill is horrendous, and it is 24/7, and when it comes to burning off the gases...that is louder than a pneumatic drill. Fracking has already caused earthquakes in this country...two from only four wells...50% failure!! Those earthquakes may not be huge, but if they damage the well the poisoned water that is used for fracking WILL escape. No one can regulate for what goes on thousands of feet underground. Mistakes WILL happen, as they have in the US, Australia and other countries. When those mistakes happen, the people, wildlife, agriculture and nature will be damaged. There will be no 'boom' created by fracking. It will not reduce the cost of gas to the consumer....that has already been stated by those in the industry, but the Government chooses to ignore that. The only ones who will benefit are the corporations. There are so many reasons to reject fracking. It is not a NYMBY thing...it is protection of our beautiful land. Peter Donovan

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