AS FRACKING COMES TO A LEAFY SUBURB NEAR YOU
I was asked to write a 300 word article for the Chorlton Community Index about fracking, or anti-fracking, from the Chorlton perspective. This was what I came up with, but it was rejected because ‘it’s far too important a subject and it needs to be done justice.’ So the next issue will have no anti-fracking article in it apparently. I thought I’d put this here, because it was a much harder task than I’d thought trying to choose what to include to be relevant to the folk of Chorlton, most of whom seem to believe that fracking will never come here (that’s if they’ve heard of it at all). I thought it might help anyone who might be faced with a similar task trying to introduce their local community to wake up to fracking. here it is:-
The Unconventional Gas Industry-Will it affect Chorlton?
Many people in Chorlton will have learned through the mainstream media about the drilling going on by IGas at Barton Moss, seven miles from Chorlton, and the involvement of environmental campaigners and locals including Chorlton residents in protesting against the industry.
Opposition to fracking is growing in the US and Australia where huge areas of countryside and farmland can now be accurately described as gas fields. There are many adverse effects; to health caused by air and water pollution, hugely increased traffic; possible earthquakes; plummeting house prices; land poisoned and rendered useless; to name a few. Our population density is ten times greater than the US; fracking will affect more people. With 64% of Britain offered to companies for fracking, including several National Parks, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; can we be sure fracking won’t come to Chorlton? Maybe not; IGas’ next proposed site is at Davyhulme only 3.5 miles away, which is already an Air Quality Management Area.
Methane leaks are frequent in the fracking process; methane is a greenhouse gas with 20 times the effects of CO2. The United Nations panel have warned that emissions are rising and that targets will not be met. We need to combat climate change by reducing emissions and investing in renewables like solar and wind power.
If you’d like to join the opposition against this extreme form of energy production which threatens our environment and our health, please join Frack Free Chorlton. We have frequent meetings in Chorlton; details on our Facebook group, in the files section there are many links to useful informative articles and videos about fracking…we find that the more people learn, the more committed they become to joining the fight against this devastating process, which destroys our countryside just for a few years supply of gas.