Shale Gas: Radioactive Radon Risk In Homes

Exposure to the radioactive element, which increases the risk of lung cancer, will be 15 times higher than with natural gas.

Domestic gas supplied by the controversial process of fracking will increase levels of radioactive radon in people’s homes, public health experts have warned.

A risk assessment by Public Health England (PHE) shows that shale gas would result in individual exposures to radon that are 15 times higher than through existing supplies of natural gas.

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UK fracking push could fuel global plastics crisis

UK fracking push could fuel global plastics crisis, say campaigners

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/22/uk-fracking-push-could-fuel-global-plastics-crisis-say-campaigners

Government aim to end plastic pollution undermined by keen support for fracking, says Campaign to Protect Rural England The American Chemistry Council (ACC) told the Guardian the reason was straight forward. “I can summarise [the boom in plastics facilities] in two words,” said Kevin Swift, chief economist at the ACC. “Shale gas.’’

The petrochemical giant Ineos is a major plastics producer with plants in Grangemouth in Scotland and Norway, and is at the forefront of the push for fracking in the UK. It currently imports feedstock (the raw materials for making plastic) from the US, but on its website the company – owned by Jim Ratcliffe, the UK’s richest person – says fracking in the UK would allow it “to secure a supply of competitive energy and feedstock for its UK petrochemicals businesses.”

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Support for shale gas sinks to a new low

Support for shale gas sinks to a new low, as cracks appear in the industry.

In a government survey on energy, published last Thursday, 6 February, public support for fracking has sunk to a record low.

The survey, carried out quarterly for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, found that 13% supported fracking while 35% opposed fracking. The government survey also revealed 77% of people want renewable energy; the most common reason being the loss or destruction of the natural environment, followed by the risk of earthquakes.

David Burley, co-founder of Frack Free South Yorkshire says, “It’s no surprise that support for fracking is now at an all-time low, as more people discover shale gas is the wrong choice for future UK energy.”

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MP’s bid to stop fracking causing earthquakes

MP Lee Rowley is introducing a bill to Parliament in a bid to stop fracking companies causing earthquakes in areas in which they operate.

The Fracking (Seismic Activity) Bill aims to ensure that the current ‘Traffic Light System’ – used to monitor and stop earthquakes which can be felt on the surface – will be upgraded from regulation which can be amended at any time to statutory legislation.

The regulation forces fracking companies to suspend operations if a seismic event of over 0.5 magnitude  follows calls from the fracking industry to relax regulations to allow fracking to coccurs. This newsontinue following >0.5 magnitude earthquakes.

Industry giant Ineos has been granted permission to drill for shale gas reserves in Mr Rowley’s constituency – on land off Bramley Moor Lane, Marsh Lane, near Eckington –following a public inquiry last year.

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Fracking could fuel global plastics crisis

UK fracking push could fuel global plastics crisis, say campaigners
Matthew Taylor 22.08.2018

https://www.theguardian.com…

Government aim to end plastic pollution undermined by keen support for fracking, says Campaign to Protect Rural England The petrochemical giant Ineos is a major plastics producer with plants in Grangemouth in Scotland and Norway, and is at the forefront of the push for fracking in the UK. It currently imports feedstock (the raw materials for making plastic) from the US, but on its website the company – owned by Jim Ratcliffe, the UK’s richest person – says fracking in the UK would allow it “to secure a supply of competitive energy and feedstock for its UK petrochemicals businesses.” The firm has taken a robust and sometimes controversial approach to exploration, clashing with councils and appealing to authorities to force the National Trust to allow it access to their land.

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The public are increasingly less supportive of fracking

Is the tide of public opinion turning against fracking?

Jonny Bairstow 08.02.2019

https://www.energylivenews.com/2019/02/08/is-the-tide-of-public-opinion-turning-against-fracking/

The latest BEIS Public Attitude Tracker, which is now on its 28th wave, would seem to suggest so…

The public are becoming increasingly less supportive of fracking.

That’s according to the latest BEIS Public Attitude Tracker, which is now on its 26th wave of finding out what the UK public think about a variety of energy issues.

In the survey, 13% of Brits said they supported fracking, a decrease from 15% in September 2018.

Similarly, 35% told the government they oppose fracking, an increase from 31% – this follows on from a general downward trend in support of the controversial method of sourcing shale gas since the question was first asked in December 2013.

The most common reason given for opposing the practice was the loss or destruction of the natural environment, with 62% of people stating this is the reason they were against it.

Around 40% said they were concerned it increased the risk of earthquakes, up from 26% in the last round of the tracker.

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Ineos are starting to realise that fracking is unworkable in the UK

MP Lee Rowley has criticised a company which wants to carry out fracking in north Derbyshire for complaining about ‘unworkable’ current planning policies.

Industry giant Ineos has been granted planning permission to explore for shale gas reserves in Marsh Lane, near Eckington. If successful, it could eventually lead to fracking at the site.

MP for north east Derbyshire, Lee Rowley, has supported residents of Marsh Lane and Eckington in their campaign against the plans.

“It’s a step in the right direction that even Ineos are starting to realise that fracking is unworkable in the UK,” Mr Rowley said. “I’ve long said that it won’t work in north east Derbyshire and, given the sheer scale of the number of wells that would be required, I don’t think it will work across the country as a whole.

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Geological Concerns Regarding Fracking Regulation

The UK system of regulation of fracking imposes a range of strict geological controls on operators – including seismic surveys, safe distances, seismic monitoring, a traffic light system, and barriers to fugitive migration. Experience and professional advice suggest however that each of these controls is
flawed e.g.

1. Seismic surveys are invariably incomplete and incapable of detecting small fault lines and minor vertical displacement which could lead to earthquakes.

2. The EA formula for calculating a safe distance between fracking propagation and fault lines is unduly optimistic and should be replaced by a minimum distance of at least 850 metres horizontally.

3. The sequence of events at both the Preese Hall and PNR sites implies inherent instability in the stress planes of the fault lines in the Bowland Field.

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Theresa May – The Clean Growth Strategy???

‘This Government is determined to leave our natural environment in a better condition than we found it. Clean growth is not an option, but a duty we owe to the next generation, and economic growth has to go hand-in-hand with greater protection for our forests and beaches, clean air and places of outstanding natural beauty.’
Theresa May
The Clean Growth Strategy
Leading the way to a low carbon future.

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