The UK government are surrounded by the fracking lobby so it is no surprise they are so vocal in their support of hydraulic fracturing going ahead in the UK. A new chart of who’s who has been published recently and it looks more like a political siege than democracy at work.
Frackingdangerous.com point out the personalities surrounding the government who have strong ties to the tracking industry:
The fracking interests at the heart of UK government:
* Lord Browne – Chairman of Cuadrilla Resources – installed by David Cameron’s Government as “lead non-executive director” at the Cabinet Office
* Ben Moxham – ex-Riverstone Vice President (who own a large chunk of Cuadrilla) – Cameron’s Energy Advisor from 2011-2013
* Tara Singh – former Centrica lobbyist (who invested in Cuadrilla a month after her appointment) – replaced Moxham in May 2013
* Baroness Hogg – non-executive at BG Group (who own substantial fracking interests in the US) – non-executive director at the Treasury
With the fracking industry having had the chance to mature in Canada and the US, other countries have studied the long-term impact of the side-effects and banned it outright. These countries include Germany, France and Denmark. Lake Athabasca in Canada has suffered as a direct rest of fracking, and constant tremors are being felt in Oklahoma and now Texas.
With an approaching drought in California, an average 5 million gallons of water being polluted with heavy metals and carcinogenic chemicals per well which is injected into the bedrock and long-term water supply, the case for fracking is looking, well, rocky.
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Have your say. Can we survive without fracking? Is it essential for energy security or another nail in the environmental coffin?