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    Llanmartinangel wrote:
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    Spinflight wrote:
    I have real concerns about fracking, though they aren't environmentally based. The process is fundamentally safe both environmentally and physically at ground level.

    Frankly if the green nutjobs, who massively overstate the dangers of a process which has been used over a million times, are losing the media spotlight then I see that as a good thing.

    They do more harm to the case against fracking than they could ever know.
    Complete nonsense. Even the government know that it is not, in fact, fundamentally safe - hence why they say the process needs strict regulation.
    Semantics I realise but most complex processes need strict regulation and, even then, 100% safety is not guaranteed. Doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Coal mining is unsafe but still some people think we should be doing it. Nuclear power is relatively low risk yet has a groundswell of opponents. It's called 'life'.
    Industries, like fracking, that require strict controls to prevent potentially serious accidents from happening may well be 'relatively low risk' as long as everything is hunky dory. But I've spent half my working life managing risk in dangerous working environments and the law quite clearly acknowledges that you can't eliminate hte risk entirely, by stating that you're only culpable if you haven't taken all 'reasonable' precautions to prevent accidents from happening.

    But, as you say, life is risk, and there is always going to be someone or something that interferes with the safety of any systems or procedures that are set up to minimise the risks - the BP oil spill and fukushima are two prime examples, that spring immediately to mind, of what can happen when those precautions fail.

    Spinflight, and the governernment saying that 'fracking is safe' are clearly talking rubbish, and the scale proposed for the implementation of fracking in this country massively increase the chance of the chamber being loaded when you pull the trigger.

    Personally I'm not convinced that the risk is worth it - instead of trying to find alternatives to reduce our reliance on such energy soiurces, we're being recklessly pushed into accepting dangerous ways of feeding our addiction for the sake of a little profit."
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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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