Thursday, 2 October 2014

Cherry Burton Village survey- 94% opposed to fracking

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) survey results
Cherry Burton September 2014

Question:-Do you support hydraulic fracturing?

Yes    2    4%
No    45    94%
Don’t Know    1    2%

Comments (reproduced verbatim)

Yes: - none received

Don’t Know:- One received
1) I am confused with the different information in newspapers and TV from both the fors and against. We need more info told in simply terms.

No:- Thirteen received.

1) Several countries have banned fracking due to environmental problems. It is not safe.
2) We are concerned about the water supply, which comes directly from the Wolds. Fracking can cause contamination. Could it also cause long term subsidence?
3) Fracking will industrialise the countryside and increase traffic, disrupting rural communities and farming conveyance. (Cause earthquakes?) Fracking could contaminate water aquifers and soil causing danger to the health of the public, crops, livestock and wildlife. If so ……. Contamination would occur by contact ingestion and inhalation of chemical leakage. Effects:- Possible rejection of East Riding crops and livestock – farmers loss! Possible boycott of the Tourist Industry Possible water shortage Probable drop in property value Probable defacement of the beautiful countryside Maybe friends, family, visitors and guests would avoid the area. Major Questions:- What about the disposal of the poisonous waste water/chemical solution/suspension? Where and how would it be stored? The Future Generation ---- what for them?
4) We are concerned about the environmental impacts, the pollution of water supply and the potential of earthquakes as a result of fracking. I don’t feel it is a safe viable alternative to our energy demands (as a nation).
5) House prices will go down
Houses will be uninsurable
Water pollution
Can Yorkshire water guarantee water aquifer contamination will not occur? And Rathlin.
Financial guarantees to compensate should polluting occur.
Countryside destroyed.
6) Rathlin Energy do not get back to you on the telephone number that they have published on their leaflets and do not follow up messages on their message box. So what are they hiding?
7) Grave concerns over contamination of water courses.
Concerns about resultant earth tremors A small land mass such as Great Britain is totally unsuitable for negative effects of fracking.
8) All the risks are ours and with very little benefit!
There are a number of concerns but my main concern is that if things go wrong we have to live with the consequences. There is no way of reversing such things as
a) Contaminate aquifers
b) Sink holes/earthquakes
c) Loss of property values etc etc.
If drilling and fracking go ahead, only the energy companies win. We should have continuing payments into local coffers not 1 off payments.
9) If it’s been banned in various European countries and several states in America, there has to be cause for doubt.
Despite much talk, no-one seems to be able to say that this process is completely safe – apart from those with a commercial interest. Hardly reassuring!
10) Should do it out at sea and use the sea water.
11) Can we have honest answers to questions not rhetoric?
What effect will it have on groundwater, both levels and quality?
What effect will it have on aquifers?
Will additional water in ground affect land stability, especially under houses, land
inclines eg hills?
If so much extra water is being pumped into the ground, won’t it be less able to absorb rain from the torrential flood type rain that we now experience on a regular basis
(take this summer for instance)?
12) Only in so far as 1) reservations re water supply
2) Long term developers plans. Lack of detail/transparency
13) Too damaging to the environment especially the water aquavers.

Compiled by Cherry Burton Against Fracking
Survey forms available to view.


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