The unconventional gas industry may have many negative effects on the local and wider
Contribution to climate change
Emissions can lead to poor air quality
Risk of groundwater and aquifer contamination
Up to 52 HGV movements per day, with associated diesel fumes and damage to country
Fracking can cause seismic events (the only well fracked in the UK so far caused
Your insurance policy probably will not cover damage to property caused by fracking
Property prices are likely to fall near well pads
Gallons and gallons of water used per well, draining our drinking water supplies
Around half of this is left underground, in its contaminated state, a toxic legacy
for our kids to worry about later
The rest of the waste water is brought back up and has to be dealt with...how will
our system cope with all that water contaminated with naturally occurring radioactive
materials, benzene and other carcinogens? When it is ‘clean’ it is returned to the
ecosystem. What will the cumulative impacts of low level residual contamination be?
Noisy and unsightly flaring, emitting fumes
Compressor stations are a major source of nasty emissions in the USA. A particularly
unpleasant part of the sprawling infrastructure of the unconventional gas industry
As each well declines in production rapidly, more and more wells will be needed.
Estimates have been made in the tens of thousands across the country. If full scale
operations go ahead, it will mean industrialisation of our countryside
Offers of community bribery payments are a cynical manoeuvre to strong arm local
authorities. Drillers are being granted tax relief's that will come out of the public
purse. Do not be fooled
Economic disaster. Tourism and agriculture are likely to be affected by drilling.
The boom in the states is unlikely to be replicated here as the geology is less favourable,
public awareness is higher, the population density in the UK is higher so wells are
less easily placed, and private landowners cannot just sell the right to drill on
Emails leaked to the NY times suggest that the shale gas industry is now a PONZI
scheme, the UK is being sucked into this too.
Regulation in the UK is poor. The National Trust, Wildlife trusts, RSPB and other
groups think so too! The Environment Agency and HSE are under funded and unable to
cope. Air quality has not been measured at a single conventional gas site in West
Sussex to date. What will they do when there are thousands of wells?!
Toxic support industries will be needed, making chemicals for drilling and fracking.
Threat to investment in renewable energy and reduction of impetus to tackle climate