Fracking will make environment worse

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In his letter in July 17’s Star, David Beard asks about the agenda of those opposing fracking. I would suggest our agenda is to preserve conditions that will keep our environment fit to live in.

Fracking requires huge amounts of water and chemicals. It will lead to heavy lorries on minor roads not built for them. The risks of air and water contamination are difficult to eliminate. But its worst consequence would be adding to fossil fuel usage.

According to research by Carbon Tracker, in conjunction with the LSE’s widely respected Grantham Institute, only 20-40% of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves can be used if we are to have a good chance of limiting average global temperature rise to 2C.

We should be meeting our needs through emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Chris Broome

Sheffield Campaign Against Climate Change