THE great debate over fracking has been in the headlines for several weeks.
On the one side are those who hail the prospect of a new and cheap form of energy which will meet our needs for years to come, whilst others are at great pains to highlight the potential dangers inherent in the process and are concerned about the longer term effects of using another carbon based fuel. Public protests are taking place on a daily basis and we have more than a passing interest since the Mendips have been identified as an area with rich resources.
Planning the way ahead is seldom straightforward, particularly when faced with the possibility of the unknown consequences of any proposed course of action. However, many of the benefits that we take for granted today would never have come about without the acceptance of some degree of risk and the perseverance of those who had the vision to press ahead, whether for personal or more altruistic motives.
But perhaps there is an overriding principle to be followed; that we should always exercise responsible stewardship of the world's environment and resources in order to hand on a fruitful and habitable place for future generations. Irresponsible exploitation and greed have to be resisted in the interest of the common good.
In Christian teaching we are called to treat the earth as God's provision for the needs of mankind and to care for it accordingly. Which way would you decide to go?
SS Joseph and Teresa, Wells