Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | January 29, 2014

Drilling Under Homes – the Latest Threat

The latest from Greenpeace: Did you hear? Not only does David Cameron want to bribe our councils to permit fracking, but he’s also trying to change laws which are hundreds of years old in order to drill under our homes – without our permission.

After hitting our local councils with endless budget cuts, Cameron’s now tempting them into dirty fracking deals by offering financial incentives that could be worth millions. He’s also trying to undermine the tens of thousands who’ve said no to fracking under their homes by overhauling ancient trespass laws.

>>Tell Cameron the UK is not for fracking

Planning applications from fracking companies go to local councils for approval. In a move that reeks of desperation, Cameron’s announced they can keep 100% of business taxes from fracking operations rather than 50% as before. If fracking is as great as Cameron claims, why does he need to offer bribes?

Before you despair, there is some good news. There are calls for these dodgy deals to be investigated by the EU. Also, some councils have made public announcements saying they won’t be bribed, including Hampshire, Bath, Somerset, North East Somerset, Herefordshire, the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and Cheshire East in George Osborne’s constituency.

Other councils are likely to follow if we come together to make our voices heard. Nearly 75,000 of us have already signed the petition calling on Cameron to keep the UK frack-free. It’s the biggest anti-fracking petition in the UK, supported by a coalition of environmental groups. But with an election coming up we must make sure this grows even bigger so it becomes impossible to ignore how deeply unpopular this is.

>> Demand Cameron keeps the UK frack free

Work continues at a local level to block individual applications. If you include your postcode in the petition we can let you know about anything planned in your area. In the meantime, we must also pile pressure on at the top, so please sign and share the petition today.

France has banned fracking so Cameron has invited French owned energy company, Total, to frack over here. Tell him what’s not ok in France, is not ok here either.


Responses

  1. Philip – I live in West Virginia, USA. The recent chem spill in the Charleston area which poisoned the water for 300,000 people likely contained chemicals used in fracking. It strains the imagination, but the oil industry in this country is NOT required to disclose the chemicals used in fracking solution, on the grounds that it is a “trade secret.” Ask the UK frackers what’s in the solution. Remember that each “fracked well” requires between 1-10 million gallons of water – and that water will end up somewhere…..

    Blessings on the struggle.

  2. I just hope that when fracking goes ahead, (as I expect it will, his rich friends will get richer, his main concern) that he lets his estates be destroyed before any other!

  3. This is what the drilling companies are able to do in Alberta, Canada. When we turn on the taps the smell of gas is present. In addition, as if this was not bad enough, the drilling company has right of access to enter our property to inspect their equipment if problems occur. This blatant disregard for the land and the people who care for it should not be allowed to infect the UK. Please do all you can to prevent this.

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  6. I’m really concerned about fracking. We aren’t quite having the debate in Ireland but I don’t think it is far away and sadly I feel John Booth is right and it will happen no matter how much damage to the environment it is known to cause. Anything we can all do to try and stop it is worth trying though.


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