Fracking Forbidden...but is it a happy forever after?
by Helen Steiger
What's Going On Here?
On Friday, the government announced that they were banning fracking in the UK, effective immediately, to the delight of curious.earth and other green beans and environmentalists nationwide.
What Does This Mean?
Let’s start with the basics - what actually is fracking? It’s been in the media so much over the past few years that it’s easy to forget what it actually is…
We found this diagram super useful to get our heads round the process ….
The only active fracking site in the UK was operated by Cuadrilla near Blackpool. The moratorium (halt on all fracking-related frivolities) was made after scientific reports warned that it was not possible to rule out “unacceptable” consequences for those living near fracking sites. This was following a number of earthquake-tremors that were triggered in the summer as a result of fracking in the area.
Why Should We Care?
Because fracking is not in any way helping us to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels! Land-based hydraulic fracturing has only being pursued on UK soils because it is getting more difficult to find natural gas in the ocean bed. This really isn’t solving the problem - if we are to reduce carbon emissions to prevent further global warming and climate change, we really need to move towards low-carbon alternatives.
Do not be fooled and think the fight is over - Cuadrilla announced on Monday that it hoped "to address concerns so that the moratorium can be lifted" in order to further develop their site in Northern England…. There are also concerns that this latest move by the government is purely to win more votes in the upcoming general election - particularly as the ban is not permanent. So celebrate with caution - fracking may not be banned forever….
We just sent you an email. Please click the link in the email to confirm your subscription!