Thursday, 2 October 2014

Newbald Village survey: 96% opposed to fracking

This survey was posted through every door in the village of Newbald.

Respondents were able to leave optional comments about their views on Fracking, of the 51 respondents 28 people felt strongly enough to add comments. All comments have been duplicated below.

Comments in Favour of Fracking

Advanced civilisation needs energy, and gas is far cleaner than coal. More gas available = less coal; less oil and coal imports, plus less dependency on undemocratic states that supply the UK with gas. More energy = more competitive and jobs for my sons.”

Comments against Fracking

The health and lives of the people living in East Yorkshire will be adversely affected.”

The potential risk of water contamination is too high”

VERY concerned about this issue and frustrated that that we seem unable to stop it happening”

fear of damage to aquifer and water pollution”

mining /drilling always in the long run affects ground water”

I am opposed to fracking for shale gas because, 1.As a country we should not be looking for new sources of fossil fuels but alternative greener sources of energy and 2. we should not be supporting ANY PROCESS such as fracking which has, ANY POTENTIAL to poison both surface and ground water supplies as well as risking air and soil pollution.”

I am concerned about the health implications of this industry which have been seen in other countries which have fracking. We need to ban this like Germany and France have.”

Not happy about potential contamination of water supply; not happy about damage to landscape
I feel very strongly about this. I am well informed about the matter and have researched both in favour of and against fracking. My decision to be against is an informed decision.”

Not enough research being done into risk of damage to chalk aquifer, try it and see not sensible approach, Who will manage security of wells once shale gas is removed and the developers move on?”

I oppose Hydraulic Fracturing in East Yorkshire”

We are worried that is might affect our water and wildlife. We are both dead against fracking and don't want it to go ahead.”

Nice little earner for those involved, but I cannot believe that it is without risk in terms of subsidence or to the water supply. Also there is the clutter to consider.”

Poisoning our water course, our children , ourselves will lead to destruction of our area, which is beautiful and currently a healthy place to live. Stop Fracking, put recourse into sustainable renewable energy.”

strongly disagree. I have done several online campaigns, I also filled in gov campaign and got many of my facebook contacts to do so, really worried about water supply and wonder why this has been banned in many countries! why are we doing this in the uk! so short sighted of councils everybody needs to think of the effect on the surrounding varea as it will affect everyone. what about house insurance and de valuing our beautiful village!!”

I have concerns about contamination of water supply, the impact on wildlife and the fracking sites spoiling the look of our beautiful countryside”

I do not support Fracking near Newbald as I am concerned about the impact on our water supply and on the local wildlife.”

banned in usa,germany,france for health risks environmental reasons”

it appears to us that if fracking goes ahead we will be left with a dangerous mess to clean up. lets all do as much as we can before this happens”

grave environmental and health risks,industrialised landscape,loss of tourism, house prices falling,its time to favour renewables or catastrophic climate change is a real possibility.”

I fear for the health implications that are unknown in the already fracked areas in the world. The industry is not tried and tested.”

It is in principle wrong to expand the use of fossil fuels as a source of energy. They are all on balance associated with negative long term consequences. Alternatives need to be developed. I do, however, find the antifracking movement shrill and hypocritical and rather immature in its approach. The same people objecting to fracking because of the putative dangers and its antidemocratic implementation also object to the expansion of windfarms in the area. Fracking needs to be seen in the overall context of UK energy policy. It is only reasonable to object to both fossil fuels and green energy if you can at the same time promote an alternative. We need to encourage people to use less energy overall, and to use the energy that they have to consume as efficiently as possible. I want the taxes that I pay to be used not to support the private sector to increase fossil fuel consumption, or the inefficient production of energy from wind turbines, but to subsidise energy saving and cheap green energy production. So - my taxes should go towards subsidising home insulation projects; preventing the loss of household energy to the environment; the adoption of solar panels by private households; public transport etc. In addition, private individuals and corporations should be penalised severely for wasting energy if such waste is avoidable. Also, private households should be provided a good price (an incentive) for diverting their surplus solar energy into the national grid - energy companies shoudl not get this energy on the cheap. Choose wisely grasshopper.”

I don't think we know enough about the concequences of Fracking and I am concerned about the implications this could have on our children's lives”

Worried about the future for my grandson”

I am most concerned about contamination to drinking water through leaked chemicals into our aquifer.”

scared of the risk of pollution to potable water sources and the industrialisation of our countryside”

I believe fracking will damage our water supply and is unnecessary.”

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