Green Party warns of potential fracking in Purbeck

Wytch Farm

Wytch Farm

First published in News

ECO campaigners have warned that controversial fracking could be used in Dorset to extract oil and gas.

The technique – hydraulic fracturing – is used to released natural resources from the fractures or veins in rock layers.

The West and South Dorset Green Party raised concerns after a Government green light to the principle of using the method. As well as potential earth tremors, the Green Party says it is warning about the possibility of contamination of water supplies.

A spokesman said “Such contaminants include methane and hydrochloric acid that can get into ground water drawn on for mains water supplies.

"Oil is already pumped up in the Wytch Farm and Kimmeridge Bay area of Purbeck and there are a number of existing exploration and production licences in this area.

“As these do not specify the method of extraction, fracking could be used.

“The Green Party has written to the chairman of Wessex Water asking whether they have been told of any proposals or whether they monitor planning applications.

“Also, if water supplies did become contaminated, what they would do about it and what they believe are their legal responsibilities.”

Supporters maintain that fracking – which often involves pressurised fluid being shot through the fractures – can be done safely and is another source of natural energy.

The spokesman added: “The Green Party rejects the idea that the UK should extend its reliance on fossil fuels. “Instead of this dubious fracking option the energy companies should invest in renewable options like wind and tidal energy.”

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3:49pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Chriswood says...

Fracking has been carried out for years at Wytch Farm and elsewhere and is a normal procedure. Nothing to be worried about.
Fracking has been carried out for years at Wytch Farm and elsewhere and is a normal procedure. Nothing to be worried about. Chriswood
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4:25pm Thu 10 Jan 13

nobull says...

Wish all you moaners would Frack off!
Wish all you moaners would Frack off! nobull
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4:37pm Thu 10 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

Would the Greens please tell me if the worlds coming to an end,cause i have a holiday booked.
Would the Greens please tell me if the worlds coming to an end,cause i have a holiday booked. pete woodley
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4:47pm Thu 10 Jan 13

muscliffman says...

Fracking involves the extraction of energy fuel created naturally by organic and solar means, it has been going on for years.

So why are the 'tree huggers' suddenly having a problem with it?
Fracking involves the extraction of energy fuel created naturally by organic and solar means, it has been going on for years. So why are the 'tree huggers' suddenly having a problem with it? muscliffman
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4:48pm Thu 10 Jan 13

DorsetEco says...

So for Wytch Farm that would be out under the sea would it not?

Rather different to from beneath the treasured hills and valleys of the Isle of Purbeck!
So for Wytch Farm that would be out under the sea would it not? Rather different to from beneath the treasured hills and valleys of the Isle of Purbeck! DorsetEco
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4:50pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Ophilum says...

The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming.
The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming. Ophilum
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5:12pm Thu 10 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

Fracking is a very useful way to relieve tension.... in the Earth's crust.
Fracking is a very useful way to relieve tension.... in the Earth's crust. The Renegade Master
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5:32pm Thu 10 Jan 13

DorsetEco says...

Ophilum wrote:
The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming.
I presume you value your surroundings as I do and ensure you avoid wasting heat by wearing winter clothes. The less you burn, fracked of not, the better for both your pocket and YOUR planet.

Take a look at NASA satellite derived visualisation of polar ice shrinkage.

http://www.flickr.co
m/photos/gsfc/800390
1788/

Is it global warming? Who can be sure? Will it be too late when we are sure?
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming.[/p][/quote]I presume you value your surroundings as I do and ensure you avoid wasting heat by wearing winter clothes. The less you burn, fracked of not, the better for both your pocket and YOUR planet. Take a look at NASA satellite derived visualisation of polar ice shrinkage. http://www.flickr.co m/photos/gsfc/800390 1788/ Is it global warming? Who can be sure? Will it be too late when we are sure? DorsetEco
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6:37pm Thu 10 Jan 13

anigel says...

No one would take the Green party seriously enough to form a government so why the hell do they hold such a sway over our politics.

The greens are dangerous, Blind to the reality of energy production they insist on supporting one and only one technology which is blighting the landscape and destroying the lives of humans and wildlife alike.

The greens should all move into a commune in the middle of one of their massive bird chopper farm
No one would take the Green party seriously enough to form a government so why the hell do they hold such a sway over our politics. The greens are dangerous, Blind to the reality of energy production they insist on supporting one and only one technology which is blighting the landscape and destroying the lives of humans and wildlife alike. The greens should all move into a commune in the middle of one of their massive bird chopper farm anigel
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6:44pm Thu 10 Jan 13

anigel says...

DorsetEco wrote:
Ophilum wrote:
The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming.
I presume you value your surroundings as I do and ensure you avoid wasting heat by wearing winter clothes. The less you burn, fracked of not, the better for both your pocket and YOUR planet.

Take a look at NASA satellite derived visualisation of polar ice shrinkage.

http://www.flickr.co

m/photos/gsfc/800390

1788/

Is it global warming? Who can be sure? Will it be too late when we are sure?
We know it isn't.

There is not one shred of proof for man made global warming. There are computer models where CO2 being the cause of global warming is the input to the model rather than the output and people saying they cant think what else it could be, but no one has been able to prove Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming any more than they proved the global cooling and coming ice age in the 70s and we all know how that worked out.

We are killing hundreds of people in this country alone who can no longer afford enough heat to sustain life and wasting billions of pounds chasing something that no one has been able to prove.

This fairy tale is literally killing people now in this country, against some possibility of a fraction of a percent of a chance that it may kill someone who cant be bothered to move 5 cm inland over a 50 year period if CAGW does somehow against all the odds and evidence prove to be true.
[quote][p][bold]DorsetEco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming.[/p][/quote]I presume you value your surroundings as I do and ensure you avoid wasting heat by wearing winter clothes. The less you burn, fracked of not, the better for both your pocket and YOUR planet. Take a look at NASA satellite derived visualisation of polar ice shrinkage. http://www.flickr.co m/photos/gsfc/800390 1788/ Is it global warming? Who can be sure? Will it be too late when we are sure?[/p][/quote]We know it isn't. There is not one shred of proof for man made global warming. There are computer models where CO2 being the cause of global warming is the input to the model rather than the output and people saying they cant think what else it could be, but no one has been able to prove Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming any more than they proved the global cooling and coming ice age in the 70s and we all know how that worked out. We are killing hundreds of people in this country alone who can no longer afford enough heat to sustain life and wasting billions of pounds chasing something that no one has been able to prove. This fairy tale is literally killing people now in this country, against some possibility of a fraction of a percent of a chance that it may kill someone who cant be bothered to move 5 cm inland over a 50 year period if CAGW does somehow against all the odds and evidence prove to be true. anigel
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7:55pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Lord gungedin of Ferndown says...

If fracking leads to cheaper energy then for goodness sake lets crack on. I am absolutely fed up to the back teeth with paying through the nose for my energy thanks to the constant bleating about emissions by the tree huggers.
If fracking leads to cheaper energy then for goodness sake lets crack on. I am absolutely fed up to the back teeth with paying through the nose for my energy thanks to the constant bleating about emissions by the tree huggers. Lord gungedin of Ferndown
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8:51pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Ophilum says...

DorsetEco wrote:

Ophilum wrote:
The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming.

I presume you value your surroundings as I do and ensure you avoid wasting heat by wearing winter clothes. The less you burn, fracked of not, the better for both your pocket and YOUR planet.

Take a look at NASA satellite derived visualisation of polar ice shrinkage.
Is it global warming? Who can be sure? Will it be too late when we are sure?

Your reply is what I was saying you are like the Taliban because you are Always right and hectoring even when you are wrong, you think that you are the only people that look after our planet "Wrong" you like to try the old scare stories by saying the ice caps are melting no they are not, we had similar melt in the 30s it's cyclical.
DorsetEco wrote: Ophilum wrote: The Greens are becoming like the Taliban and have perverted a self made religion for there own ends, Fracking for gas is going to be a force for good if it helps keep fuel prices down so we can keep warm in years to come as the earth is cooling not warming. I presume you value your surroundings as I do and ensure you avoid wasting heat by wearing winter clothes. The less you burn, fracked of not, the better for both your pocket and YOUR planet. Take a look at NASA satellite derived visualisation of polar ice shrinkage. Is it global warming? Who can be sure? Will it be too late when we are sure? Your reply is what I was saying you are like the Taliban because you are Always right and hectoring even when you are wrong, you think that you are the only people that look after our planet "Wrong" you like to try the old scare stories by saying the ice caps are melting no they are not, we had similar melt in the 30s it's cyclical. Ophilum
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11:48pm Thu 10 Jan 13

earthwise says...

I can't believe the ignorance of people on here......
Clearly all those who are supporting the con of cheap energy from fracking have done little or no research......
Fracking is not just one drill well per rock play, but dozens or even hundereds......
Each pumped with millions of gallons of water laced with a cocktail of obnoxious chemicals, the majority of which stay underground in a rock layer below the water table.....
This shale rock layer is already fractured and there is noway to contain the polluted water......
Add to that the methane, which is many times worse than CO2 as a greenhouse, escaping to the atmosphere because of inevitable failures in the concrete and steel bore liners.......
Please do some research.....
https://www.facebook
.com/groups/FRACK.FR
EE.DORSET/
I can't believe the ignorance of people on here...... Clearly all those who are supporting the con of cheap energy from fracking have done little or no research...... Fracking is not just one drill well per rock play, but dozens or even hundereds...... Each pumped with millions of gallons of water laced with a cocktail of obnoxious chemicals, the majority of which stay underground in a rock layer below the water table..... This shale rock layer is already fractured and there is noway to contain the polluted water...... Add to that the methane, which is many times worse than CO2 as a greenhouse, escaping to the atmosphere because of inevitable failures in the concrete and steel bore liners....... Please do some research..... https://www.facebook .com/groups/FRACK.FR EE.DORSET/ earthwise
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8:53am Fri 11 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

There really is no pleasing the green party with any efforts put forward to reduce the constant myth of global warming.
There really is no pleasing the green party with any efforts put forward to reduce the constant myth of global warming. Hessenford
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11:36am Fri 11 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Chriswood wrote:
Fracking has been carried out for years at Wytch Farm and elsewhere and is a normal procedure. Nothing to be worried about.
It is when we have had one of the wettest years on record and cliffs,hills are highly unstable due to water saturation.
[quote][p][bold]Chriswood[/bold] wrote: Fracking has been carried out for years at Wytch Farm and elsewhere and is a normal procedure. Nothing to be worried about.[/p][/quote]It is when we have had one of the wettest years on record and cliffs,hills are highly unstable due to water saturation. BIGTONE
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1:23pm Fri 11 Jan 13

coster says...

Warned of fracking?!. We should welcome it!.
Warned of fracking?!. We should welcome it!. coster
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