Green councillor attacks fracking plans

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Fracking is scheduled for two new sites Fracking is scheduled for two new sites

Lancashire’s Green county councillor has condemned Cuadrilla resources for proposing to drill at two new fracking sites.

The drilling firm this week announced the proposed locations for the wells in the Fylde as it researches the potential of Lancashire’s shale gas resources. They are at Roseacre and Little Plumpton. Coun Gina Dowding said: “People in Lancashire wished they’'d seen the back of Cuadrilla.

“Now the government is trying to hush local opposition with promises of much-needed funds, but it doesn't change the facts — fracking won't bring down energy bills and is not a solution to climate change. Cuadrilla claims it will be a ‘good neighbour’ but what their neighbours will get is countless water tankers passing their homes, noise and the threat of pollution of their land and water.

“Every other political party is falling over themselves to support Cuadrilla and an expansion of shale gas drilling in the UK. The Green Party represents those local people who want to make a stand against it.”

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5:32pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Timefor says...

And the sooner everyone including the local press gets behind Gina Dowding then the safer we'll all be
And the sooner everyone including the local press gets behind Gina Dowding then the safer we'll all be Timefor

9:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

gscales631 says...

There will always be a bit of local opposition - a windfarm near me was successfully fought off. Nationally fracking has a mandate, at least in the sense of more people supporting it than not. We will see; at the next election if either Labour, the conservatives or UKIP win then fracking will have a full mandate. People can hardly say it has not been in the news enough for people to vote on after the last nearly 4 years of protesting.

The Green Party got 0.9% of the national vote at the next election. It is in their interest to stir up fear over anything environmental. The reality is that we have no choice about using shale gas, we will be importing it is we do not produce it ourselves. Lets say, just for the sake of it, we completely de-carbonised our economy tomorrow. What would it change? We produce about 1.75% of global CO2, so even if we fully de-carbonised the rest of the planet would make up for it in 6.5 days. The serious flooding catastrophe shows what we must do in response to global warming. It isn't to simply massively subsidise renewables and have no other power sources and shaft ourselves in the process leaving us unable to pay for everything we need to defend ourselves against what the rest of the world is currently doing. We are going to need a serious amount of money to defend ourselves over the next 150 years. Wishful thinking will not do it, we need a healthy tax base. That means we need jobs and industry.

Presumably enough of the public understand this, and hence why the Green Party gets that 0.9% of the vote in the first place.
There will always be a bit of local opposition - a windfarm near me was successfully fought off. Nationally fracking has a mandate, at least in the sense of more people supporting it than not. We will see; at the next election if either Labour, the conservatives or UKIP win then fracking will have a full mandate. People can hardly say it has not been in the news enough for people to vote on after the last nearly 4 years of protesting. The Green Party got 0.9% of the national vote at the next election. It is in their interest to stir up fear over anything environmental. The reality is that we have no choice about using shale gas, we will be importing it is we do not produce it ourselves. Lets say, just for the sake of it, we completely de-carbonised our economy tomorrow. What would it change? We produce about 1.75% of global CO2, so even if we fully de-carbonised the rest of the planet would make up for it in 6.5 days. The serious flooding catastrophe shows what we must do in response to global warming. It isn't to simply massively subsidise renewables and have no other power sources and shaft ourselves in the process leaving us unable to pay for everything we need to defend ourselves against what the rest of the world is currently doing. We are going to need a serious amount of money to defend ourselves over the next 150 years. Wishful thinking will not do it, we need a healthy tax base. That means we need jobs and industry. Presumably enough of the public understand this, and hence why the Green Party gets that 0.9% of the vote in the first place. gscales631

9:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

gscales631 says...

And yes, I should have read the comment before posting it ;)

I obviously subconsciously expect there to be an edit option.
And yes, I should have read the comment before posting it ;) I obviously subconsciously expect there to be an edit option. gscales631

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