The British public’s support for fracking has fallen sharply in the last year and is now at the lowest level ever, according to a long-running poll published as the industry gears up to begin drilling. New polling by YouGov for the University of Nottingham, which has been tracking attitudes towards shale gas extraction for more than four years, shows support for fracking in the UK is now at 37.3%, down from 46.5% a year ago and 58% in the summer of 2013. Opposition has hardened too, up at 41% from 36.1% one year ago, meaning more people oppose than support the controversial technology for the first time.
Guardian 13th Oct 2016 read more »
Fracking will not be safely regulated in Scotland, according to an expert report. Professor Andrew Watterson and Dr Will Dinan from the University of Stirling argue that regulatory agencies lack the staff and resources to protect the public from pollution risks. No-one has worked out how to make sure that regulation is effective, they say. They warn that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) will not have the capacity to oversee the thousands of fracking wells that could be drilled across the central belt to extract underground shale gas. There are fears that the wells could leak, causing groundwater contamination and climate pollution.
The Ferret 12th Oct 2016 read more »