Fracking lobby needed now
Please write to your MP to get the fracking go ahead reversed. Here is what I wrote to Roger Williams MP: feel free to copy and adapt this template letter. You will need to put your full address at the bottom of your letter.
Dear Mr Williams
I am very disappointed by the news this week that the government is to allow fracking in the UK. I am therefore writing to ask that you urge this government to cancel all plans to allow more shale gas exploration or extraction to take place in the UK. Shale gas has already caused two earthquakes in Blackpool UK. In addition, the Environment Protection Agency in the U.S.A has connected “fracking” to water contamination. Benzene, which is known to cause cancer, methane, which of course is even more environmentally dangerous than carbon dioxide, synthetic glycol and alcohol have been found in the ground and in drinking wells in the United States after fracking has taken place.
I would also like to remind you that the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research has warned of a possible rise in global temperatures to 4 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century and that the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is rising by 1.8 parts per million per year.
Furthermore, any investment in coal gasification or methane gas extraction will not help our economy. The small number of jobs that a fracking boom might create would be more than offset by the large number of long term sustainable jobs that a zero carbon economy would create.
Lastly, I would like to point out that any delay in investing in clean, renewable energy and employment is putting the future of our children and grandchildren at risk. Our children have the right to life: this could be severely jeopardised if the government continues its current insistence on a high carbon future.
With regard to Wales, there are also concerns that beaches in the Swansea area could have their Blue Flag status impacted by contamination from fracking.
Co-ordinator, Mid Wales Permaculture Network