The former Greenpeace leader Stephen Tindale said “If we want to keep the lights on, and stop burning coal, it’s time for green campaigners to stop saying ‘frack off’ and time to say ‘frack on’.”
But why would you ruin your future by fracking gas ‘to keep the lights on’ when sustainable renewable energy sources are available?
What is fracking?
Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.
Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure. Which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.
The process can be carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer. It can create new pathways to release gas or can be used to extend existing channels.
UK Government approved plans for fracking sites in the county of Lancashire at Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton for an alternative (Shale Gas) to using coal. The shale rock is said to be fracked horizontally to yield more gas. But this process goes against everything we need to do to tackle the ever growing issue of climate change. Why is the government so set on using more dirty fossil fuels adding to greenhouse emissions contributing to global warming? Instead of using the country’s most sustainable resources (Solar, Wind and Wave power)?
Renewable resources need to take priority over fossil fuels, as the electricity we use; fossil fuels make up 53% of that energy while only 25% is from natural renewable energy. This is supposed to increase to 30% as UK aim to meet the EU target; surely it should be higher than 30%? In order to conserve and sustain the planet we need to tackle the main issue facing the environment which is Climate Change. We need to change the way in which we currently live, the earth will not last if we continue the way we are going!
Fracking is not the way to do it! Say no to fracking. And Stay Green!