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What can we have instead of fracking?

Germany nears 75 percent renewable energy

Were the same efforts utilised to make every home energy-efficient, to develop bio-gas from landfill and sewage works, to incentivise the construction of renewable energy infrastructure (quieter and less intrusive than fracking operations), we would be able to avert the energy crisis which fracking is supposed to address.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/10945105.Bio_gas_instead_of_fracking/?action=complain&cid=12370258

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

“On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International .”

Germany has declared a moratorium on fracking until long-term damage to residents or the environment brought about by fracking can be ruled out or until alternative extraction methods become available that don’t rely on the injection of toxic chemicals.Massive hydraulic fracturing of gas wells in tight sandstone began in Germany in 1975, and became common during the period 1978-1985.

Gas prices will not be cheaper

Professor Jim Watson, Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) “My view is that UK shale production is unlikely to have the dramatic impact on gas prices that has occurred in the United States.”

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of Sedimentary Geology, University of Edinburgh” Europe does not have the huge numbers of drilling rigs needed to drill, and keep on drilling boreholes at the rate needed to make shale gas a significant impact on UK gas supply. “

Samuela Bassi, Policy Analyst at the Grantham Research Institute in Climate Change and the Environment, and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science “However, these new BGS figures do not indicate that there is enough shale gas to stop the UK being dependent on imports of natural gas, and so fuel prices for households and businesses will not automatically fall.”

Lord Browne chairman of fracking company Cuadrilla, one of the most powerful energy figures in Britain, “Fracking is not going to reduce gas prices in the UK”, according to the chairman of the UK’s leading shale gas company,

However, Browne, who is the chairman of fracking company Cuadrilla, said: “I don’t know what the contribution of shale gas will be to the energy mix of the UK. We need to drill probably 10-12 wells and test them and it needs to be done as quickly as possible.”

“We are part of a well-connected European gas market and, unless it is a gigantic amount of gas, it is not going to have material impact on price,” he said. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/29/browne-fracking-not-reduce-uk-gas-prices-shale-energy-bills

More expert reaction to shale gas reserves are greater than previously thought:

http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-the-news-that-shale-gas-reserves-in-lancashire-and-yorkshire-are-greater-than-previously-thought/

Walkington and Bishop Burton Action Group

Crawberry DaleCrawberry Dale, currently used for hay-making, is the site of a proposed oil/gas drilling well in East Riding of Yorkshire. It is near the High Hunsley and Wolds Way Walks and is an aquifer for a wide area including Beverley, Market Weighton, Stanford Bridge and Pocklington.
Crawberry Dale

This blog aims to campaign against the proposed petroleum exploration at Crawberry Hill, Walkington Heads, near Bishop Burton and Walkington villages, East Riding of Yorkshire.

  1. East Riding of Yorkshire Council have approved the application to drill an appraisal borehole for mineral exploration for gas and petroleum
  2. The Planning Committee met on 12 January 2012
  3. Villagers objections include 24/7 noise, traffic increase, risk to aquifer