Frack Free Isle of Wight is a group of individuals from all walks of life, committed to raising awareness of the local, national and global issues surrounding fracking and other fossil fuel exploitation methods.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee concluded in January 2015 that 'Shale fracking should be put on hold in the UK because it is incompatible with our climate change targets and could pose significant localised environmental risks to public health.' From areas where oil and gas exploration and production have already taken place there is rapidly increasing evidence of environmental, social, health, and economic impacts such that calls for a ban, or at the very least a moratorium to allow for a thorough investigation of these impacts, are more than justified. Fracking has already been banned or put on hold in many countries and states around the world, including Denton, Texas (where fracking originated).
With regard to oil and gas extraction in general, there is a consensus in the scientific community that we cannot safely burn more than a fraction of the existing proven reserves of oil, gas, and coal we are already aware of. Attempts to explore for further reserves are therefore not only unnecessary but will also hinder efforts to expand truly sustainable methods of meeting our future energy needs and will impact other industries such as tourism, property, and agriculture, which are so important to the Isle of Wight.
Our Government have made their position clear - they are fully committed to oil and gas exploitation and will not wait, regardless of the consequences. It is no secret that many of the influential MPs and House of Lords policymakers, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, have personal ties to the oil and gas industry and are under considerable pressure from industry lobbyists to ease the way for full scale fracking in the UK. Our best defence is through a combination of widespread raising of public awareness, lawful opposition, peaceful protest, and appropriate direct action. Everyone can help in some way.
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