References – Petition

Fracking is coming to East Yorkshire

The UK government has stated that it wants to go “all out for shale”

Peers back Cameron’s pledge to go ‘all out’ for shale fracking – The Independant

and that “shale gas is the future and we will make it happen”.

Budget 2013: George Osborne vows to ‘make shale gas happen’ despite fracking concerns – The Telegraph

They have not excluded East Yorkshire, and Lord Howell says that the, “deslolate north east”

Fracking OK for ‘desolate’ North East, says Tory peer – BBC News

… “have the gas and they have the local wish to see fracking investment”.

Lord Howell: British fracking policy – a change of direction needed – Journal of Energy Security

A large part of East Yorkshire has already been licensed for oil and gas extraction, including fracking (PEDL183)* and licenses for Underground Coal Gasification have been issued off the coast and in the Humber Estuary.

Interactive map that includes licence areas

Rathlin Energy is due to conduct further tests on the Bowland Shale (June 2014), following core sample tests, that will provide information on the viability of the Shale Gas.

The mini fall off tests are described in Rathlin’s applications for the Environment Agency Permits that were issued in May 2014.  Extracts and links to the full applications are here.

For more on these tests please contact Rathlin Energy.

Shale gas can only be extracted by fracking.

Impacts

Evidence linking water contamination to fracking–related activities is now indisputable.*

The structural integrity of wells can fail. These failures are common, unavoidable, and increase over time as wells age and cement and casings deteriorate.*

Air quality impacts from fracking–related activities are clearer than ever*

Community and social impacts of fracking can be widespread, expensive, and deadly*

*The above 4 statements are taken from a powerful letter urging New York State to extend its moratorium on fracking.  It is signed by many HEALTH & MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS, Directors and Board Members, and HEALTH PROFESSIONALS & SCIENTISTS.

The letter itself is fully referenced to high quality sources.

Letter from Concerned Health Professionals of New York

High Volume fracking has only occurred once in the UK (Preese Hall well near Blackpool) and it caused earthquakes.

After the seismic events at the Preese Hall well near Blackpool this report was commissioned:

PREESE HALL SHALE GAS FRACTURING – REVIEW & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDUCED SEISMIC MITIGATION – DECC

Gas Prices

Several experts have stated that fracking is unlikely to reduce gas prices in the UK, including: Lord Browne, former BP Chief Exec., chairman of fracking company Cuadrilla, Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director; Ed Davey, Energy Secretary; David Kennedy, Head of the Committee on Climate Change; Lord Stern, London School of Economics.

Lord Browne: fracking will not reduce UK gas prices – The Guardian

Fracking won’t lower energy bills, says Davey – The Telegraph

‘Baseless economics’: Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas – Independent