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Fracking debate

Fracking debate

First published in Letters

I NOTICED with concern that fracking is slipping off media agenda. In order to satisfy their gas/petrol guzzling public with their huge cars, the Americans embrace fracking with open arms. Already there have been more than 150 recorded incidents involving contaminated water; many of the underground water tables are polluted, and the latest worrying incident occurred in a small village in Pennsylvania where a fracking well exploded with a huge fire, causing parts of the surrounding inhabitants to be evacuated.

Cameron and the Tories are joining the Americans in a headlong rush to make Britain the fracking capital of Europe. Some of the most eminent professors in this country and the US have tried to alert people to the dangers of fracking, but our governments are turning a blind eye and deaf ear to those concerns.

I am not a Luddite, and I don’t say no, never to fracking. But we must have an in-depth enquiry into fracking and look at all the scientific evidence that is available. And before we sink one fracking well, let’s make absolutely sure of the safety of the British people.

Ray Davies Bedwas Caerphilly

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