74% 'oppose fracking right plan'

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Homeowners must not lose the right to stop drilling from taking place under their home or land, Greenpeace said Homeowners must not lose the right to stop drilling from taking place under their home or land, Greenpeace said

The Government faces widespread opposition to plans to change trespass laws to allow shale gas companies to drill under homes without the owner's permission, a poll has revealed.

The YouGov survey of 1,898 people found that 74% opposed the controversial move, which ministers are thought to be considering as part of efforts to drive a "shale gas revolution" that could see fracking across swathes of the UK.

More than 45,000 people around the country have joined legal moves to block energy companies from fracking under their properties, but a change to the trespass laws could allow companies to explore for shale gas without needing their permission.

The survey found that 73% of Conservative voters and 70% of Liberal Democrat supporters did not agree with changing the law to make it easier to drill under people's homes.

The poll carried out for Greenpeace also revealed 80% of Labour voters and 77% of those planning to vote Ukip opposed the move.

Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: "Having failed to reassure the country that fracking is safe, ministers now want to render people powerless to oppose it.

"There's nothing fair or just about this underhand ploy to strip people of their legal right to say no to fracking under their homes."

He added: "This survey reveals just how toxic this policy is for the Conservative Party. The same ministers who like to pose as champions of local communities against big government are now happy to trample over their property rights at the request of the fracking industry."

Greenpeace is one of a number of conservation groups who along with a leading homeowner organisation have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to back the rights of local people to refuse access to companies which wish to drill for fossil fuels underneath their homes and land.

The letter warned that changing property rights at a time when more than 60% of the country could be opened up to exploration of unconventional fossil fuels would further erode public trust in the Government's approach to fracking.

People's right to determine whether to allow oil and gas companies to drill under their property is "appropriate and should be retained given the associated major risks and lack of a precautionary approach by the Government," the letter said.

The groups criticised recent changes to the law which have removed the requirement for drilling companies to inform homeowners, landowners and tenants directly of plans to drill below their property.

Taking away the property owners' right to refuse drilling would allow companies to drill without either notification or permission - "an unacceptable prioritisation of the commercial interests of the few over the rights of land and property owners", they said.

The letter to the Prime Minister was signed by Greenpeace, the Homeowners Alliance, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the Angling Trust, the Salmon & Trout Association and the Wildlife Trusts.

Homeowners Alliance chief executive Paula Higgins said: "It's outrageous that homeowners don't have a say over who uses and profits from their land.

"Our homes are our most valuable asset and the Government shouldn't be allowed to ride roughshod over people from all corners of the country without any discussion or consultation and only a hint of compensation."

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking involves pumping water, chemicals and sand at high pressure underground to fracture shale rock and release the gas trapped in it. Wells can be drilled horizontally, leading to exploration under land around the site.

The Government is pushing for the development of a shale gas industry in the UK, claiming it would create jobs and growth, reduce energy prices and cut the country's reliance on gas imports.

But opponents have raised fears that the process causes earthquakes, can pollute water supplies, lead to inappropriate development in the countryside and damage house prices.

There are also concerns exploiting shale gas could harm investment in renewables and undermine efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change.

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11:25pm Tue 6 May 14

garywar50 says...

I think by now unless you are blind and or deaf there can't be anyone left in Warrington that isn't aware of this insane rush to embrace fracking in our area.
What does amaze me is the apathy that exists in this town to whats going on in our own town and surrounding areas.
When will Warringtonians wake up and stop letting powers that be change laws, not to provide residents with the full
facts relating to this horrendous industry and the devastating effects it could have on health and the
environment, handing out seismic study licences without knowing exactly where these tests will be carried out?..everyone has the internetr or access to it. Use it..educate yourselves to what WBC are allowing to happen
under your own feet, your own property and not considering the terrible diseases the toxins they pump down the wells that will pop up everywhere...an estimated 33000 between the Wirral and Manchester, Wake up for goodness sake Warrington before its too late...it could damage local business, poison water supplies, cause serious illness including cancer..Your health is at risk Your childrens health is also seriously at risk. You may face problems getting your house insured..any any damage caused by the seismic testing or earthquakes this type of procedure will not be covered by your present household I surers and you will be left with the bill.
Act now before its too late, write to your councillors MPs join a local action but do something!!!
I think by now unless you are blind and or deaf there can't be anyone left in Warrington that isn't aware of this insane rush to embrace fracking in our area. What does amaze me is the apathy that exists in this town to whats going on in our own town and surrounding areas. When will Warringtonians wake up and stop letting powers that be change laws, not to provide residents with the full facts relating to this horrendous industry and the devastating effects it could have on health and the environment, handing out seismic study licences without knowing exactly where these tests will be carried out?..everyone has the internetr or access to it. Use it..educate yourselves to what WBC are allowing to happen under your own feet, your own property and not considering the terrible diseases the toxins they pump down the wells that will pop up everywhere...an estimated 33000 between the Wirral and Manchester, Wake up for goodness sake Warrington before its too late...it could damage local business, poison water supplies, cause serious illness including cancer..Your health is at risk Your childrens health is also seriously at risk. You may face problems getting your house insured..any any damage caused by the seismic testing or earthquakes this type of procedure will not be covered by your present household I surers and you will be left with the bill. Act now before its too late, write to your councillors MPs join a local action but do something!!! garywar50
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9:09am Sat 24 May 14

Polyvista says...

garywar50 wrote:
I think by now unless you are blind and or deaf there can't be anyone left in Warrington that isn't aware of this insane rush to embrace fracking in our area.
What does amaze me is the apathy that exists in this town to whats going on in our own town and surrounding areas.
When will Warringtonians wake up and stop letting powers that be change laws, not to provide residents with the full
facts relating to this horrendous industry and the devastating effects it could have on health and the
environment, handing out seismic study licences without knowing exactly where these tests will be carried out?..everyone has the internetr or access to it. Use it..educate yourselves to what WBC are allowing to happen
under your own feet, your own property and not considering the terrible diseases the toxins they pump down the wells that will pop up everywhere...an estimated 33000 between the Wirral and Manchester, Wake up for goodness sake Warrington before its too late...it could damage local business, poison water supplies, cause serious illness including cancer..Your health is at risk Your childrens health is also seriously at risk. You may face problems getting your house insured..any any damage caused by the seismic testing or earthquakes this type of procedure will not be covered by your present household I surers and you will be left with the bill.
Act now before its too late, write to your councillors MPs join a local action but do something!!!
Oil / Gas recovery from shale by 'Fracking' will be a great boost to our country. We are getting desperately short of fuels and too dependent on uncertain foreign sources. anyone who denies this is just plain daft. 'Fracking' is done way way below ground water levels and with proper regulation contamination is not a problem. Any microseismic events are also very minor and harmless. I know that there are a fair number of people who thrive on and repeat scare mongering rumours from American experiences, but they really should wise-up on on well regulated extraction in the UK. The detractors by their irresponsible and scare mongering actions demean themselves and if they are believed by the gullible could deprive our Country of much needed energy supplies.
[quote][p][bold]garywar50[/bold] wrote: I think by now unless you are blind and or deaf there can't be anyone left in Warrington that isn't aware of this insane rush to embrace fracking in our area. What does amaze me is the apathy that exists in this town to whats going on in our own town and surrounding areas. When will Warringtonians wake up and stop letting powers that be change laws, not to provide residents with the full facts relating to this horrendous industry and the devastating effects it could have on health and the environment, handing out seismic study licences without knowing exactly where these tests will be carried out?..everyone has the internetr or access to it. Use it..educate yourselves to what WBC are allowing to happen under your own feet, your own property and not considering the terrible diseases the toxins they pump down the wells that will pop up everywhere...an estimated 33000 between the Wirral and Manchester, Wake up for goodness sake Warrington before its too late...it could damage local business, poison water supplies, cause serious illness including cancer..Your health is at risk Your childrens health is also seriously at risk. You may face problems getting your house insured..any any damage caused by the seismic testing or earthquakes this type of procedure will not be covered by your present household I surers and you will be left with the bill. Act now before its too late, write to your councillors MPs join a local action but do something!!![/p][/quote]Oil / Gas recovery from shale by 'Fracking' will be a great boost to our country. We are getting desperately short of fuels and too dependent on uncertain foreign sources. anyone who denies this is just plain daft. 'Fracking' is done way way below ground water levels and with proper regulation contamination is not a problem. Any microseismic events are also very minor and harmless. I know that there are a fair number of people who thrive on and repeat scare mongering rumours from American experiences, but they really should wise-up on on well regulated extraction in the UK. The detractors by their irresponsible and scare mongering actions demean themselves and if they are believed by the gullible could deprive our Country of much needed energy supplies. Polyvista
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