Is there any community in fracking?

We had an interesting discussion evening on fracking in November at The Grafton, a debate that led to pretty much everyone in the room coming out against it. We thought that Camden Council should follow Brent’s lead and declare the borough a “frack-free zone”.

Rob Hopkins has just written an interesting blog post about shale gas from a Transition perspective, looking at whether there is any substance to David Cameron’s contention that shale gas will benefit local communities.

Read Rob Hopkins’ blog post on shale gas

I particularly enjoyed this quote:

Why is it OK for large energy companies to buy the rights from the government to a resource that really belongs to the people of this country, in order that they extract it, sell it back to us, take the bulk of the profits elsewhere, leave us with the mess, and having to live in the warmed and more unstable climate thus created?


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3 Responses to Is there any community in fracking?

  1. Do we know what Camden Council’s current position on fracking is?

  2. Penny Abraham

    We don’t know what Camden Council’s position on fracking is, but will find out! Will write to Cllr Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, and post his reply.

  3. Ian Grant


    A question was posed to Camden Councillor, Phil Jones on Green Action for Change, which included fracking:

    Fracking – on a political level – have said that they are not convinced of the need for fracking – not persuaded of the case, much more important things to focus on – pressing for positive things such as Energy Bill. Tory councillors supportive – communities getting financial benefits – LGA level. Other councils are being given quantities of cash for fracking. Not issuing press releases as this would worry people more than it would solve.


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