“It is like a puncture in your car – occasionally you get a puncture and occasionally we have an accident in chemicals.” – Jim Ratcliffe, INEOS

Our corner of this country Mr Clark. Fresh, clean air. Clean water. Animals are grazing. Crops growing in the finest agricultural land. Endless and varied flora and fauna. Birdsong our background noise.

This land does not belong to governments, this land does not belong to the Fracking companies, this land does not belong to us, we are guardians of the land for our children and their children and their children. This land is our legacy, it is precious and cannot, must not, be destroyed. Fracking will harm our children, it is a vile, pollution ridden, insidious industry. Why would you want to, or are even considering allowing corporations to, harm our children Mr Clark?

Why do you want them to have polluted air, polluted water, polluted land?

For ‘feedstock’ for plastic production? Does that not strike you as bizarre Mr Clark?

Can you not see the madness of this?

Lets’ take a look at the people we are being asked to trust…

Jim Ratcliffe about the environmental record (and the environment)

“It is like a puncture in your car – occasionally you get a puncture and occasionally we have an accident in chemicals.”

The “symbiotic relationship between the local community and the chemical plant” is important because “occasionally things go wrong and you need, they need, you know we need their sort of sympathy from time to time”

“Man has damaged a lot of the environment around the world, in one way or the other, and there is a sort of uniqueness about places which are untouched by humans, and I think that inherently there will be a value, because people like to go to places where the landscape is untouched.”

Sources: „Ineos Chequred Environmental Track Record in Europe“

www.foodandwatereurope.org

http://icelandmag.is/article/british-billionaire-now-one-icelands-largest-landowners-owns-03-entire-island

HOW FRACKING SUPPORTS THE PLASTIC INDUSTRY
People and Nature 07.03.2018

European petrochemicals companies are at a disadvantage against their American competitors, who have cheap gas, and their Chinese competitors, who have cheap coal. But INEOS is planning to expand its production of ethylene and propylene anyway. The new ethylene output will be added to its plants at Grangemouth, Scotland, and Rafnes, Norway, and a new plant at Antwerp, Belgium will produce propylene.

Still bigger mountains of plastic on the way
Oil, gas and petrochemicals companies are responding to public revulsion about plastic waste in their own special way: by investing billions to INCREASE plastics production.

Thanks to their efforts, global output of ethylene and propylene, the two main raw materials for plastics production, is expected to RISE BY ONE-THIRD in the next seven years

From the US Energy Information Administration web site; Courtesy Jennifer Pringle

UK fracking backlash: seven of eight plans rejected in 2018
The Guardian, Adam Vaughan 08.03.2018

A resident in the village and member of the group Woodsetts Against Fracking, said: “We know it sounds a bit like a disaster movie, but this disaster movie is coming to a village near you.”

The regional branch for the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Simply put, this is industrialisation of sensitive and attractive countryside.”

During the sometimes heated meeting, the operations director of Ineos, Tom Pickering, had his microphone switched off by the chair, Mr Atkin for continuing to talk after being asked to stop. “I am not having anyone ridden roughshod over this planning board,” Atkin told Pickering. “Ineos has not covered itself in glory,” he added.

Food and Water Watch
ISSUE BRIEF • FEBRUARY 2017

The expansion of drilling and fracking is associated with significant quality-of-life and public health problems and endangers society by exacerbating climate instability. Instead of creating a “bridge” to renewables, shale gas has only substituted one dirty fuel (coal) for another (fracked gas), making climate change even more costly and destructive in the coming decades. This cheap and dirty fossil fuel is also proliferating its toxic legacy by facilitating the expansion of petrochemical plants, which are polluting and unsustainably producing materials that often end up in landfills. Rather than continually investing in fossil fuels and chemical industries, we must invest in clean, renewable energy.

Our country’s leadership needs to enact serious changes, from terminating public funding of the oil and gas industry to enacting aggressive conservation policies to reduce energy demand, including substantial investments in public transportation, community planning and the deployment of energy efficiency solutions.

Consumers also can play a role in securing a sustainable future by making conscientious shopping decisions. People should limit their purchases of non-biodegradable, plastic products, an activity that effectively supports and finances the oil and gas industry.

We are already doing this Mr Clark.

We, as consumers, are taking this very seriously, we have done our research. We know the outcome should we carry on regardless. The government knows too. Mr Gove is ‘haunted’ by what he saw Sir David Attenborough spell out to the nation so clearly on Blue Planet. Even our queen is taking action.

Yet all we hear are soundbites, platitudes.

Fracking will be OK because it has ‘gold standard regulations’

“It is like a puncture in your car – occasionally you get a puncture and occasionally we have an accident in chemicals.”

The “symbiotic relationship between the local community and the chemical plant” is important because “occasionally things go wrong and you need, they need, you know we need their sort of sympathy from time to time”

“Man has damaged a lot of the environment around the world, in one way or the other, and there is a sort of uniqueness about places which are untouched by humans, and I think that inherently there will be a value, because people like to go to places where the landscape is untouched.”
Jim Ratcliffe

Do the gold standard regulations take into account the occasional puncture Mr Clark? The occasions when things go wrong?

Do they rely on ‘their sort of sympathy’?

What precisely is ‘their sort of sympathy’ Mr Clark?

Are we to show sympathy to those who force themselves into our lives? To force us to breathe polluted air?

To contaminate our land?

To drive us out of our minds with the constant 24 hours per day noise pollution?

To light up our skies each night with their floodlights until we no longer see the stars?

To bring traffic chaos to our country roads?

To take billions of gallons of our fresh drinking water and pollute it so badly that there still is no way to make it safe?

To take away our food security by destroying our agricultural land?

To cause damage to the homes we have worked so hard for and yet no-one is to be held responsible for the damage?

To allow fracking near to our schools and hospitals?

To watch the value of our homes plummet so low that we are forever trapped, forced to live in a gas field?

How much of ‘their sort of sympathy’ are we supposed to have Mr Clark?

If you are so certain that Fracking is the right thing for our country and its’ population may I request that you confirm, in writing, to the nation that you will personally guarantee compensation to every man, woman and child who becomes ill, including the stress of being forced to live in a gas field, due to activity, pollution or accident linked to Fracking (this has to be done for workers in the fracking industry who, may I remind you, are there by choice whereas we, should you allow this to go ahead, are having this forced upon us) including any loss of earnings.

Every child who suffers any illness to be particularly well compensated to last their lifetime.
Guarantee free and rapid medical treatment for every single person affected by any activity, pollution or accident linked to Fracking (I would include any road traffic accidents caused by the excessive increase in heavy goods vehicles on our country roads in this).

Guarantee compensation to the owner of and full repair to any property damaged in any way by any activity linked to fracking.

We know that the companies who hold licences in the areas do not have the financial wherewithal to do this.

Therefore Mr Clark, as the one who will perhaps say yes to this, you need to issue that guarantee that the people will be protected.

The OGA Ltd is you Mr Clark, so no need to bother them.

This will hopefully be a mere formality for you in light of the acknowledged ‘occasional puncture’

Mr Clark, when the tide goes out, rock pools are left on beaches. The rock pools are a self- contained, closed environment that do not concern themselves with what is beyond their pool.

I feel Westmonster is like the rock pools, maybe it is time for you Mr Clark, and your parliamentary colleagues, to get back into the sea with the rest of us and remind yourselves of reality.

I have enclosed with this letter a copy of a letter addressed to The Prime Minister from the growing number of people and organisations who are both Anti Fracking and Anti bully boy tactics and are fully in support of The National Trust. It is now obvious that many, many, many people are a tad miffed that government continue forcing this vile, pollution ridden, insidious industry upon us. Look around the world Mr Clark, look at the harm this has done. The UK will not do this better or more safely with its’ Gold Standard’ because the UK cannot make this vile, pollution ridden, insidious industry better, no one can. Best never start.

Please take the time to read this letter Mr Clark and note who has sent it.

You will, hopefully, see that the Anti Fracking Community is now so large and so well informed that our voices need to be heard. The vile, pollution ridden, insidious industry known as Fracking is not supported and is basically a dead duck. Time Mr Clark to call it a day on Fracking. As I say each week

END THE MADNESS

BAN FRACKING

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