Last week the woeful Environmental Audit Committee succeeded in pushing through a number of restrictive amendments to the parliamentary biill on fracking, putting variously designated areas such as national parks, groundwater source areas and SSSIs off limits. For now, this isn’t a disaster, since the benefits to local communities and the country as a whole will become obvious in fracking permitted areas. But the irrationality of the opposition is still a threat to the UK economy and our energy security. A comment on the Guardian’s website makes some good points:
Take away 40% from the 60% of the UK offered for fracking and you get 36% of the UK land mass still open for fracking.
As throughout this hysteria the anti frackers propaganda relies on ignorance hence it is wildly popular with the febrile masses.
Once a few wells have been fracked and people see the reality that is that the…
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