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To: Nottinghamshire County Council
Stop Fracking & Coal Bed Methane: Nottinghamshire County Council
We call on the local council to reject all shale gas fracking and coal bed methane exploration applications. Look at the strong body of evidence that these are both as yet unproven as safe, and are in fact dangerous to public health and urge those in power to spend money on renewable energies, not short term retrograde procedures.
The ignorance of few will cost the health of the many, and for what? Money?
Why is this important?
Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’, is a way of extracting oil and/or gas. Water, sand and toxic chemicals are injected at high pressure into underground rocks to shatter them. This releases the gas/oil which can be collected.
Coal Bed Methane extraction is drilling around 1000m down through aquifers and bringing up the gas. There are leaks all over the world from CBM, and this is why some people have been able to set fire to their taps.
But investing in carbon-intensive fossil fuels is a distraction from the need to decarbonise our electricity supply.
And it's hazardous. Studies show that fracking pollutes water supplies (with arsenic and lead), causes earthquakes, and spoils local communities.
And there are nightmare stories coming form the States.
Like in the town of Dimock, PA, residents have reported their water turning so brown that it stains crockery. Their water was later found to contain methane, and a host of toxic chemicals.
But it gets worse.
"My son had sores up and down his legs from the water."
" My daughter... would have to get out the of the shower and lay on the floor."
Those are the words from Greg Saunter, a local resident, whose water supply was shut off for his own good. He cannot shower in his own home. Or drink water out of his taps.
Fracking has ruined his life. It cannot happen here.
We call on the council to preserve the quality of life of its residents, and reject all planning applications for fracking.
How it will be delivered
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