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I SHARE Anne McIntosh MP’s concerns about fracking (The Press, August 13), but she doesn’t mention the biggest problems. There’s no evidence of subsidence in the areas where gas is extracted, but she’s right about the disruption to local communities.
This is partly due to the vast amounts of water and chemicals which are tankered in and, after use, have to be taken out again for disposal or cleaning.
It is recorded that in the United States, where fracking has been used for decades, that the lining of the well often cracks and leaks frack-fluid into aquifers, as well as methane gas which can end up in drinking water. Much of our domestic water is unlikely to be contaminated with methane, but farmers who use borehole water are more at risk.
However, the biggest problem with all gas extraction is that this is fossil carbon which is being released when it’s burned, and this means we won’t be able to hit our climatechange targets and condemns our children’s children to increased flooding and unpredictable weather.
Finally, David Cameron says fracking will make gas prices drop.
He has been told by Deutsche Bank, Chatham House and Ofgem that British shale gas won’t reduce prices. The International Energy Agency and CBI both say natural gas prices will rise by 40 per cent by 2020, even with an influx of shale gas.
Renewables are the only ethical way forward.
John Cossham, Hull Road, York.
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