Expert warns fracking leaks are result of cutting corners
An applied geophysicist was in Glastonbury on Tuesday night to talk to civic leaders about fracking.
Dr James P Verdon, a research fellow from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol talked to town councillors and members of the public – which included people from Frack-Free Somerset – about the implications of fracking.
Fracking involves injecting high-pressure water and chemicals into shale rock to blast out trapped natural gas.
A Government document has identified parts of Somerset as having the best potential for "shale gas".
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Councillors had already passed a resolution not to support fracking in Somerset, but some had asked for more information.
Dr Verdon showed a series of slides detailing the fracking process and answered questions from councillors and members of the public.
He also talked about the effects of fracking on the health and environment near the wells and dispelled a number of myths and fears.
"I am not here to tell you if you should support fracking," he said.
"That is for you to decide.
"I am here to tell you how the process works and the effects that science has shown that it has on the people nearby and the surrounding areas."
He highlighted incidents where there had been contaminated water and chemical leakages, which he said had historically been caused by companies cutting corners or not adhering to regulations.
Councillors were so impressed with the talk they have asked Dr Verdon to return to the town to speak to members of public at a later date.
You can view Dr Verdon's research and website at http://www1.gly.bris.ac.uk/~James Verdon/
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