Keep Somerset frack free
Friday, 17 January 2014 12:18

WITH councils being offered greater incentives by the Government this week (January 17, 2014) to back fracking a Somerset we are concerned about the impact it may have in the county.

Exploratory licences are in place in parts of North Somerset with the rest of the county highlighted as having fracking potential. We hope councils will act with caution before approving plans.

Phil Grabham, our Managing Director, said: "We aren't convinced that fracking will prove to be a long-term solution to our energy problems.

"We are very concerned by David Cameron's recent announcement that local authorities would receive 100 percent of the business rates collected from shale gas schemes as opposed to the usual 50 percent.

"We believe that not enough has been done to look into the impact fracking will have on local communities in the county as well as the environment.

"We hope councils in Somerset will take an extremely cautious approach before approving any future plans for fracking."

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth and injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the rock at high pressure allowing the gas to flow out.

Phil added: "There is a great potential for the UK to produce more energy through cleaner, renewable sources such as solar or wind power.

"We feel that it would be of far greater benefit if time was spent developing this and exploring how it can be achieved."

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