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Our friends at Common Space have posted an excellent write-up of some of the alarming information contained in the unredacted version of the Department for environment, food and rural affairs‘ report on the potential impact of fracking:
Fracking’s impact on Scotland’s water supply could potentially have far reaching effects. The report found that the leakage of waste fluids from hydraulic fracking has caused environmental damage, citing examples from the United States.
This in turn could lead to adverse affects on human health due to contamination of agricultural products as well as polluted drinking water. While the report concluded that UK regulation on fracking wells was “likely to be more robust” it also stated that the overall “potential impacts on water resource availability, aquatic habitats and ecosystems and water quality is uncertain”.
Impacts on the economy of rural areas are also likely to be a concern, with the report stating: “Shale gas development may transform a previously pristine and quiet natural region, bringing increased industrialisation.”
There’s more on that theme over at the Common Space site.
While there’s currently a moratorium on fracking in Scotland, the enquiries we made in the run up to May’s general election showed that if you want to take a strong, lasting stance against fracking the only secure vote is a Green vote.