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Frack to basics
JULIAN COLE asks why David Cameron is so confident about fracking (column, August 15).
I think the answer is that if it is something we pay for regularly, then that is the item the Tories like to privatise. We can forget about it cutting energy bills.
Just look at water bills, train fares, power bills; the only way is up, as they say, and the shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank.
It seems to be a new trend that any capital spending by these firms has to come from the customer, so just give a little apology and ramp the bills up, and I can see fracking going the same way.
Allan Denney, Catesby House, Holgate Road, York.
• I AM somewhat bemused by all the hype about fracking. All the so-called do-gooders who picketed the sites should have a good think. Are the water companies complaining? No.
Perhaps it is too hard to cast their minds back to when we had a coal industry. Two hundred years ago when dynamite was invented, it became widely used in the coal industry to extract coal and other materials. However, whatever the ins and outs of fracking, contamination of water must be a no-no.
Let the drillers do their job, but leave the inspectors/engineers to keep control of the industry.
P Richardson, Haxby, York.
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