Fracking will it eventually make an appearance in Britain?
Lucy is scrabbling round my feet trying to make herself comfortable as I contemplate this subject. Just down the road from us at a village called Kirby Misperton, an application by Third Energy to sink a well has been on the table these last few months. There is an anti-fracking campaign going on, I see signs everywhere No Fracking in Ryedale. Our conservative MP, Kevin Hollincrake has even been to Pennysylvania to hear about the benefits of fracking.
"We should also be realistic and honest with the public and let them make their own minds up based on actual evidence," he said. Kevin Hollincrake. I suspect as no one in Britain has had experience of fracking that this would be difficult, except of course the small earthquake near Blackpool, which portended a rather ominous future.
So as someone who is usually anti most things, where do I stand? I think very much against it, the thought of polluting our water supply is very frightening, let one fracking well in, how many more will follow, (there are 10,000 in Pennysylvania) can we really be contemplating soaking our land in harmful chemicals, risking pollution of our water, and then there is all that 'burn off'. Yesterday though as we cooked the evening meal, the news came through that the power companies for the National Grid would probably have to use special measures to keep the lights on between 4.30 and 6.30, peak time. And this is only the beginning of the Autumn, and mild weather to boot.