Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fracking - It Gets Worse

This just in from Greenpeace - please sign the petition.

We already knew that fracking was a bad idea, but this is astonishing.

Just this week, David Cameron’s plan to allow fracking firms to drill under our homes was rubber-stamped by the House of Lords.
But here's where it gets worse: At the last moment, the draft law was updated to allow fracking firms to pump "any substance" under people's homes and property -- and leave it there! [1]
This makes a mockery of the prime minister’s claim that UK fracking regulations are some of the most stringent in the world. And it absolves fracking firms of any responsibility for clearing up the mess they create.
Our MPs are now the last defence before the laws are approved.
Can you sign the petition asking all MPs to vote against Cameron’s plan?
We know fracking won’t help lower energy bills [2]. We know that shale gas won’t help with the battle against climate change [3]. And we know that the global fracking industry has been mired in accidents and mistakes.
In April 2009, cattle were discovered dead near a drill site in Louisiana. An investigation found fracking fluid had leaked from the well pad and run into an adjacent field. And in July 2013, XTO Energy was forced to shell out $100,000 in compensation after a spill of contaminated wastewater in Pennsylvania [4].
Despite claiming that the UK has tough regulations to prevent disasters like this, the government is now rushing to remove obstacles, muddling through laws that will put the interests of shale drillers before the safety of our environment and our climate.
We don’t have long before MPs will get their final say on Cameron’s plan to allow drilling under our homes. If we can show them how unpopular his idea is, they'll think twice before voting it through.
Please ask your MP to take a stand today: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-backlash-3
Thank you
Greenpeace UK

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