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Anne Thomas
Posted 2014-10-19 15:17 (#1474)
Subject: Fracking

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This article raises some good points about Fracking.
I think it could have gone into more detail about the number and sort of chemicals used in the Fracking process which are worrying and I am not convinced the current regulation is sufficient and the Government seems determined to water down what regulations there are.
I would also recommend the film 'Gasland'. The USA has less stringent regulation but if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) goes through then we are likely to be subjected to a race to the bottom in terms of environmental protection and regulation.
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Posted 2014-11-19 11:04 (#1483 - in reply to #1474)
Subject: Re: Fracking


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TBI joins call for moratorium on unconventional gas extraction

TBI has recently supported a letter promoted by Concerned Communities of Falkirk and Friends of the Earth Scotland, and sent to the Scottish government by an alliance of groups including Transition Stirling and TransitionTown Linlithgow, calling on the government to "take a responsible decision on the Dart inquiry - one which sets a precedent (hopefully) for us all - and also to impose a moratorium on further unconventional gas extraction in Scotland pending full life-cycle and public health assessments".

The Dart inquiry was a Public Local Inquiry held earlier this year by the Scottish Government's Directorate of Planning and Environmental appeals (DPEA) into an appeal by Dart Energy (Forth Valley) Ltd against Falkirk Council's failure to determine a planning application by Dart Energy for coal bed methane production. The council's reason for not determining the application was that sufficient information had not been provided by the applicants by the time the appeal was made. The inquiry has concluded, but in October the appeal which was the subject of the Inquiry was called in by the Scottish Government for a decision to be made by Ministers, so a final decision is not likely to be reached for some months.

The letter was received by TBI Convenor Anne Thomas from Transition Scotland, who requested our support. After some discussion among the Directors it was agreed that TBI's support should be offered, together with the suggestion that the wording of the letter be changed to reflect the fact that, although the Black Isle is unlikely to be directly affected by unconventional gas extraction, indirectly every community in Scotland will be affected by activity which continues and increases the exploitation of fossil fuels when we should be working to reduce it. This suggestion was accepted, and the words "directly or indirectly" inserted into the first sentence of the letter.

Text of the letter and supporting groups

Dart appeal called in by Scottish Government

Information about the Public Inquiry from Concerned Communities of Falkirk

A report from Falkirk Council Planning Committee about the Council's position in regard to the planning application and the public inquiry

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Posted 2014-12-01 12:32 (#1484 - in reply to #1483)
Subject: Re: Fracking


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Seems clear to me that in the USA fracking has been exempted from a raft of environmental and health legislation, and, importantly, there have been no controls over fugitive emissions of methane. I don't know if fracking could be viable if it was subjected to these sensible controls, and no-one seems to be asking the politicians their position on this. But, even with controls, it's difficult to see why we'd need another source of fossil fuels, we already have more than enough to roast the planet.
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