Thanks again everyone. Here is what I've got so far. All suggestions welcome!
(note some personal details have been changed)
Requesting Your Support for Barbara Keeley MP (Labour - Worsley and Eccles South) Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing
Dear Santa Claus,
Firstly, to introduce myself, my name is The Grinch and I live with my wife and two children in an enchanted tree house, about a quarter of a mile from your constituency office.
I am contacting you regarding the drilling operation about to commence in Barton Moss, Eccles. I ask that you lend your support to your Labour colleague Barbara Keeley MP, who is opposing the exploritory drilling for shale gas and coal bed methane by IGas. (please see references below)
Why am I contacting you regarding something happening twenty-seven miles down the road? There are several reasons why residents of Lapland should be concerned about this.
Hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") uses millions of gallons of fresh drinking water per well to fracture the rock strata deep beneath the earth. Wells at the recent Balcombe site (where drilling was stopped following massive protests) were going to be spaced at four wells per square mile.
Obviously if this process was to be repeated around the region, this would put a huge strain our our fresh water supply. I fear that water scarcity, if not problematic enough in itself, would also lead to increased costs for our water supply.
Additionally, water used for fracking is mixed with toxic chemicals before being put into the ground which, along with minerals and salts picked up from deep underground, renders the water unusable and untreatable. Around half of this produced water is generally recovered to be stored in tanks, while the rest stays underground. Where, along with the methane released from the fracturing, it has been shown to seep into the water table and aquifers.
This fracturing of the rock strata also leads to increased seismic activity. This has been shown recently in Blackpool and also in the USA and Canada.
What would happen to the value of my house and the cost of (or likelihood of obtaining) home insurance if my family and I suddenly find ourselves living in an area experiencing regular earthquakes caused by nearby industrial activity?
You can also see that Barton Moss is not an isolated case of potential fracturing in the region if you look at the map found on http://frack-off.org.uk/the-big-picture/
. The coloured boxes show areas under licence for coal bed methane and shale gas drilling.
As you will see from the map, this includes most of the Wirral (IGas are looking to start up another test well in Ellesmere Port) and along the south side of the Mersey all the way up to just inside the M60. This is all licensed to IGas. From there back east along the M62 up to J5 (the one just before the Rocket), all land between the motorway and the river is carved up into licensed areas for IGas, Dart Energy and Alkane Energy.
These areas include Netherley, Gateacre, Halewood, Hunts Cross, Speke, Garston and Allerton. Even Calderstones Park is covered by one of the license blocks.
Further north, there is also a block in the Mersey estuary (Riverside Energy) and one square block running from Crosby to Kirkby along its southern extent and north to up past Formby and Ormskirk (EDP). Further north again, most of West Lancashire is licensed to Cuadrilla, who failed to drill at Balcombe.
As you can see, this is not just a problem for a few isolated rural communities far away from Lapland. By standing with Barbara Keeley MP, you will be directly helping your constituency, plus demonstrating a lack of social licence for such drilling in our area, should this practice move even closer to home.
As several companies have already paid to acquire licences in our area, it would seem likely this will happen before long. By declaring opposition to this now, you could potentially deter this drilling from getting closer to Lapland.
Finally, I would just like to point out that there is great opposition to fracking from a diverse range of sources worldwide. Moratoria are now being placed on fracking in many parts of the US due to the environmental damage that has been incurred and that is now coming to light.
Bans on fracking are enforced in many countries worldwide, including France , Germany, Bulgaria , Czech Republic and Netherlands. Also areas of Switzerland, Spain, Canada and Australia are outright banning or restricting the use of this technology.
A good documentary on the experience of a community in the US who have experienced fracking at close quarters is "Split Estate". This is far from the only such documentary, but it can be viewed freely on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1Am482zlo
. If fracking can cause such problems in very sparsely populated areas of the USA and Australia, these problems would surely be greatly magnified in a country as densely populated as the UK.
Please stand with Barbara Keeley MP in Worsley and Eccles South and against fracking in our region.
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