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New group is launched to warn off 'fracking' threat
11:00am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A NEW group has been launched in Dorset to oppose so-called ‘fracking’.
Frack Free Dorset was founded after more than 60 people attended a public meeting in Dorchester.
They are opposed to hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, so called ‘fracking’ in principle and in Dorset.
It is now holding another meeting in Dorchester at the Dorford Centre on Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm.
A spokesperson said: “Fracking is an extremely energy-intensive, expensive way of producing gas. Prices are not expected to fall.
“It is chiefly a means of generating new income streams for the gas hydrocarbons industry.
“The British Geological Survey estimates that, at best, reserves represent a very temporary stop gap measure.”
He added: “Dorset has access to many forms of renewable energy and is in a great position to attract investment and green jobs and to contribute to an independent, secure energy future for the UK.
“Burning shale gas will seriously undermine efforts to cut carbon emissions and to meet legally-binding climate targets.”
Fracking involves the injection of of pressurised fluid to fracture rocks and release shale gas.
Exploration licences for most of south and east Dorset have been issued.
In order to begin fracking, companies also require planning permission from Dorset County Council.
Visit frackfreedorset.org for more details.