Shale gas information needed
The Central Somerset Gazette published two very interesting letters in 2012, one from Steve Sparks FRS CBE professor of geology, who is responsible for one the world's leading volcanology research groups and is based at Bristol University.
The second letter from Dr James Verdon MA (CAM) MSci (CAM), PhD (Bristol) who is a research fellow at the School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol.
Both scientists were concerned reference to the lack of understanding of the process of shale gas development.
Neither of these two gentlemen, advocate for or against the fracking industry, but are primarily concerned that whatever the decisions made on shale gas development, they should come from a careful assessment of the potential benefits and issues, based on evidence and reason.
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On a personal note, at February's Glastonbury Town Council meeting I proposed an amendment to obtain expert advice before voting on the motion on fracking in the Mendip Hills, which was rejected.
Judging by the qualifications required to understand the development of extracting shale gas, I think a fundamental mistake has been made by the council in rejecting the opportunity to gather independent information from experts like the above mentioned persons, before rushing into a decision making process which could leave us with egg on our faces.
It would be interesting to know of any feedback on the talk given by Lynda Armstrong OBE, a fellow of the Energy Institute, to the Shepton Mallet U3A meeting on February 7.
She was speaking about The Future of Energy – Myths and Reality.
Re: your article on the fracking rejection.
I am pleased to see that the council rejected plans to allow fracking.
Experience in the US shows that the dangers of Fracking are being hidden by the industry.
The worst problem is the disposal and management of the fracking fluids.
The problem is likely collusion over the dangers by self-interested elements in Government looking for solutions to the energy problem and the dismissal of the dangers by the authorities.
Three Hill View