Energy companies are lining up to start fracking for shale gas throughout the UK and there are a huge number of proposed sites,
some as close as Lincoln. 64% of England is under consideration for fracking so it could soon be coming here.
Hydraulic fracturing (to give it its proper name)- is a destructive and dirty process using a mixture of water and chemicals to blast rocks and release trapped gas and oil. These chemicals have been linked to ground water contamination which threatens our water supply. The process will use huge amounts of water restricting the amount of water available to agriculture, industry and domestic homes. Burning gas pumps more carbon pollution into the air which warms the planet further. This will speed the melting of the Arctic, further destabilising our weather systems.
There are 4 simple actions readers can take to oppose fracking.
3. Send a message of support to the protesters at Balcombe using the Friends of the Earth website.
4. Sign the Green Party petition.