Why Scotland Is Against Fracking

The Scotland Against Fracking Admins write this in response to a common space article by Calum Miller.

Calum stated that anti fracking campaigners are scaremongering and we take objection to that observation because being part of the anti fracking community for the last 2 years we have personally have researched unconventional gas extraction impacts as there are plenty of resources online not just the one that every criticiser quotes which seems to be the setting the taps on fire in the movie Gaslands.

Every single anti fracking campaigner or fracktivist we have met has researched and self-educated themselves on this subject and the impacts that UGE causes. They attend conferences and talks, the look beyond the films and actually make connections with people that have worked in the industry or health professors that have YEARS of experience that warn against the current governments considering UGE.

When SAF have protests or Rallys we actually pick our speakers with care and put thought into getting the right information out there so that the public can be well informed about the threat of UGE.

To be fair the common space article was very self-opinionated and not well researched.

The top line saying – SITTING on massive amounts of cheap energy, Scotland has the opportunity to re-industrialise and finally break free of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy.

The fact that it is the torys that are really keen on starting UGE in England and Osborne’s father in law himself owns a Fracking company!!

Re-industrialising Scotland we say that it should be done sustainably without destroying the environment and with democratic control of the economy and producer control over production.

The Fact is that INEOS would sell their souls to win over the public as to the safety of UGE and people forget that yes INEOS will give your community a wee bit of money but at what cost to YOUR COMMUNITY and FUTURE?

Take for example the tar sands in Alberta in which they are extracting crude oil and it actually takes for example Tar sands oil production emits 17% more carbon dioxide than oil refined in the us and it takes much more energy to extract it takes 2 barrels of oil to extract 3 barrels of bitumen.

The tar sands alone pumps 62 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere alone and worldwide our global CO2 emissions are 32 billion tonnes.

The tar sands has made Canada the largest polluter per capita on earth and not even 10% of it oil reserves have been tapped. 300 square miles of forest have been stripped away but the remaining oil deposits stretch across 5400 sq miles. In fact if the tar sands production continues unabated it will produce more carbon than the US and China have in their entire history COMBINED and the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could reach levels comparable to 3 million years ago!!

The collateral damage for example of the tar sands on a small community nearby a daycare centre nearby the parents of the children can only bathe them for 2-3 mins because the water is so contaminated!

Towns near UGE and OIL sites have higher rates of cancer.

These are the trade off that unfortunate community’s in America and Australia have been subjected to and its our children that are going to end up paying for our mistakes.

The fractivists in Scotland and the rest of the uk are fighting for the future that WE should have a choice in not Westminster or the Scottish government.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion but Calum’s seems to be one of the past that he wants to free us from?

Makes little sense to us?

The fractivists in this group would like to see the democratic Scotland that is touted on a daily basis if we can have a referendum on our independence then the people should be allowed to choose what kind of environment their children grow up in.

We would like to call on the Scottish Government to hold a public referendum into whether or not UGE should go ahead not leave it up so a committee that comprised of

Dr Chris Masters CBE

who is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Energy Assets Group plc. Gas metering services provider Energy Assets Group PLC on Tuesday said it has been appointed preferred supplier to Crown Gas and Power, the gas supply arm of Manchester-based fuels and lubricants distribution company Crown Oil Ltd. Energy Assets Appointed Preferred Supplier To Crown Oil

Professor Zoe Shipton,
Strathclyde University

Professor Zoe Shipton of Strathclyde University said: “I wouldn’t be too worried about fracking under my house but I certainly am worried about the effect of long term climate change. I really want the debate to steer away from earthquakes.”

Professor Shipton claimed damaging seismic activity could be abated by careful monitoring, something that was inherent to the process of hydraulic fracturing.

Professor R. Stuart Haszeldine OBE
University of Edinburgh

He was appointed OBE for service to climate change technologies
Academic’s intervention may have forced fracking delay

Robert Gatliff,
Heriot-Watt University

Robert Gatliff, director of energy and marine geoscience at the British Geological Survey warned that Britain will need a thousand of successful shale wells a year meet demand.

The fracking expert, who has produced a series of reports on the estimated stocks of shale gas beneath British soil, said it would be years before companies in Britain could sink enough wells to make an impact on the domestic energy market. Britain will “probably never” meet the “big target” of securing our future gas supply through fracking, he added.

Matthew Hancock fails to name a single village that supports it

Professor Paul Younger
University of Glasgow

Non-executive director with Newcastle-based energy company Five-Quarter. The connection with Buccleuch, a major shareholder in Five Quarter, is also significant.

Boost for energy company
Fracking tremors allowed

Professor Finlay Stuart,
Professor of Isotope Geosciences, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)

Proposed funding: NERC proposed CASE partnership with SEPA (in negotiation) http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/PhD/getDocument?SerialNo=799

Professor Susan Waldron
Professor of Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow

Grants awarded
The Independent Expert Scientific Panel were grateful to receive presentations of evidence as part of their deliberations from the following:

  • The Institute of Directors
  • Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Scottish Government Planning Directorate
  • 2 FRACKING COMPANIES
    1. Brigantia Resources Ltd
    2. Reach Coal Seam Gas Ltd

Conclusions of 2014 Report were

  1. Public concerns around unconventional gas development include concerns about technical risks such as water contamination, public health and seismicity, but also wider issues such as social impacts on communities, effect on climate targets and trust in operators, regulators and policymakers;
  2. In addition to the environmental impacts documented in Chapter 6, the process of exploring for shale gas and CBM and, if it happens, eventual scaling up to full production, will have social impacts on a local community;
  3. Social impacts documented from shale gas and CBM developments in the US and Australia have included job creation, local business investment and investment in infrastructure as well as population growth affecting local housing markets and local demographics; house prices; health effects on animals and people; increased truck traffic; and the impacts of development and protesters on stigmatising local communities;
  4. Many of these social (and environmental) impacts can be mitigated if they are carefully considered at the planning application stage. Early consultation with communities is vital to identify potential impacts on a community, to scope out potential benefits and to develop plans to mitigate the impacts and enhance the benefits.

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0045/00456579.pdf

If you read the report in its entirety there is a lot of talk of benefits to the communities facing the UGE threat. Quite shocking that no one seems to cite the compendium on fracking that was released earlier in 2015 by health professionals in America?

The Compendium is a fully referenced compilation of the significant body of scientific, medical, and journalistic findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking. Organized to be accessible to public officials, researchers, journalists, and the public at large, the Compendium succinctly summarizes key studies and other findings relevant to the ongoing public debate about unconventional methods of oil and gas extraction.

The Compendium can be read at http://concernedhealthny.org/compendium/

Another excellent resource on impacts of UGE: http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/EA_FrackingNumbers_scrn.pdf

With everything I have mentioned here we would like to add that the anti fracking campaigners work hard to find out the FACTS before they hold public meetings and protests on UGE. We also will be launching a campaign for the Scottish government to hold a public referendum on UGE let the people decided not the energy companies and their shareholders. Going on the next report that the Scottish government will compiling we have NO CONFIDENCE in them to select the appropriate committee that doesn’t wither have links to the UGE industry or some agenda with the outcome being beneficial to themselves.

Paul Young, Trish Buchan, Raymond Cunningham and Marie Macpherson
Admins of Scotland Against Fracking Facebook Group

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