The UK’s fledgling fracking industry was dealt another significant nail in its coffin today when the High Court ruled that the current guidance from the Government on shale gas is “unlawful”.
In their belligerent and blinkered attempt to replicate the US shale boom in the UK, the fracking industry and Conservative Government cannot bury three immovable and inconvenient truths that treaten to kill off the industry, even before it has been shown to be commercially viable.
The exploitation of shale gas on half of the land licensed by the UK Government for fracking operations could trigger earthquakes, according to a leading seismologist and former energy advisor to the Tory Government.
In 2006, the ex-British Prime Minister, David Cameron, famously went to the Arctic to see the effects of climate change for himself.
All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality.
Amidst the continued dire warnings about climate change, censored scientists and stranded assets, the oil industry keeps on doing what it does best: keeps on belligerently looking for more oil and gas
“Democracy died today”, wrote one irate Lancastrian yesterday on Facebook regarding the decision by the UK Government to overturn a decision by the local County Council to reject a fracking application by the shale gas company, Cuadrilla.
The British Government’s formal announcement today to consult on whether to offer between £10,000 to £20,000 to every household affected by fracking as part of a “Shale Wealth Fund” has been being met with increasing outrage and opposition.