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Get to the bottom of fracking

30 Jan 2017   |   0 Comments

With more news articles emerging about the effects of fracking and petitioning against fracking, it’s become a source of concern in the UK. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth, before a high-pressured mixture of water, sand and chemicals is directed at the rock formations (‘shale’) to release the gas inside. Therefore new pathways are created and the gas can travel through and be extracted.

The Government believes that through fracking, the UK will be supplied with more energy, jobs and growth. Currently, there is no way of knowing exactly how much shale gas there is in the UK, however scientists from the British Geological Survey have estimated that there is 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas in North England alone.

There are growing concerns over the effects of fracking. Some have claimed that fracking can cause earthquakes and others are anxious about the injection of chemicals into the ground which could contaminate water supplies. Furthermore, residents in Ohio living near a fracking development have said that it had brought noise and traffic to the area. Friends of the Earth campaigner Pollyanna Steiner said that, "fracking goes against everything we need to do to tackle climate change”.

Despite petitions around the UK against fracking, Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid has approved plans for fracking at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site, at Little Plumpton in Lancashire. Lancashire council had refused permission to extract the shale gas, however the decision was appealed by Cuadrilla. Having been through an extensive assessment, they have stated that "the Environment Agency are entirely comfortable with it." Mr Javid said the shale gas industry would support thousands of jobs and reduce the UK's reliance on energy imports.

Contact us to obtain a search, to determine whether your client’s property is within 25 km of a current or licensed fracturing site. 

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