Fracking in Yorkshire – is it safe?

The decision to give a green light for a new fracking scheme in Lancashire has coincided with the University of Sheffield’s anti-fracking week.

The Government overturned the decision by Lancashire county council to turn down the application and the controversial process can now go ahead after Communities Secretary Sajid Javid gave the green light for shale company Cuadrilla to drill up to four wells.

In contrast, students at The University of Sheffield organised an anti-fracking panelist Q&A session on Wednesday evening.

The panelists were Tina Rothery, a member of the group ‘The Knitting Nanas’, Tim Thornton, a GP, and Simon Bowen and Asad Rehman, members of Friends of the Earth.

Tina Rothery said: “Fracking is a symptom of a very diseased system.”

She spoke about her opposition to company Cuadrilla. Tina is currently facing court and a possible £50,000 fine for camping in a field in Lancashire for three weeks to stop the company extracting shale gas from the ground.

Other topics mentioned included the health issues associated with fracking. According to the campaigner’s children are the most at risk of getting nose bleeds, becoming wheezy and a higher risk of cancer. Benzene, used in fracking, can cause leukemia.

Environmental issues that fracking can contribute to were also stated. They spoke about air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution.

However, various prestigious engineer and scientific groups have said that fracking is safe and Caudrilla say hat their engineers and geologists analyse all available technical data, including rock properties and wellbore mechanics, to ensure that the process is undertaken safely.

Despite this, there has also been a countless number of protests carried out by students and members of the public alike who are all opposed to fracking, but the fracking scheme in Lancashire and, likely, more schemes will go ahead.

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