Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Going Underground

Fracking has been a divisive issue ever since it was stopped in 2011 after it was blamed for earth tremors in Blackpool.
Now the Government have gone big on fracking but acknowledged public concern and produced a list of protected areas where surface drilling would not be allowed, including national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The parliamentary undersecretary of state for climate change, even underlined the point by trawling the TV studios to repeat that: 'We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks and sites of special scientific interest'.
Pretty unequivocal you might think but where there is a will there is a way and the fracking companies and the Government have come up with a way to bend their own rules but staying within the agreement to not frack in certain areas.
The new rules allow fracking 1,200 metres below national parks and sites of special scientific interest, as long as drilling takes place from outside protected areas so the companies are allowed to drill down on the edge of such protected areas and then drill horizontally underneath them.
We should all make a point to visit the various National Trust beauty spots around the country while they still have the chance and before the ground beneath them are turned into Swiss Cheese and the ground poisoned.
I just hope that the people who opposed wind turbines for ruining their view will be happy with the green carcinogenic water that will pouring through their taps soon enough as they scan the landscape. 

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