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Shale Gas - What Do You Think?

Thursday July 11 2013

Shale gas: What do you think? Shale gas: What do you think?

IT has been revealed that Barnsley could be sat on reserves of shale gas. What do you think to this? Have your say on our WAB Debate.

The British Geological Survey has established the presence of the gas around South Yorkshire and ministers have already announced payments for residents who host controversial ‘fracking’ wells - where rock is fractured with high-pressure liquid to release the gas.

Communities will receive at least £100,000 for each well where fracking takes place on the hunt to find the gas. They'll also be entitled one per cent of revenues if the drilling proves to be commercially viable.

"Extracting shale gas will have a significant effect on local communities and our environment - the more that’s extracted, the bigger those impacts will be," said Friends of the Earth's Tony Bosworth, a campaigner against the proposals.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: "Given the scale of its potential, it would be irresponsible of us not to encourage its exploration." 

What do you think? Are you in favour? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by guetsy mcguest on Thursday July 11 2013 at 12:37
Nice. Fracking which thus far has not been proven or unproven to cause geological damage over the top of mine shafts of which some are a couple of hundred years old sounds like a brilliant idea. I thought as a country we were supposed to be embracing renewables. Michale Fallon is a tool, ireesponsible not to exploit at the cost of what, the environment? safety? geological stability - what a nob.

Reply Posted by mat on Thursday July 11 2013 at 13:09
I think it's a good thing, and I think it could help our economy around here, fracking is getting safer than ever and I think we should go for it.

Reply Posted by Mick Clay on Thursday July 11 2013 at 13:11
Come and frack the hell out of my garden for 100k

Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Thursday July 11 2013 at 13:21
there's a right way and a wrong way to do this. What's the chances it'll be done the right way?

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday July 11 2013 at 13:33
Shale gas and fracking . Its another story of the rich exploiting the poor. They come here exploit out area leave us with untold ground pollution due to chemicals they use to free the gas . They cause untold damage to properties through subsidence as the previous post said "collapse of old mine workings." Looking at info of rigs that are working very few jobs will be created.And do you really really think our bills will drop significantly .Don't make me laugh .Its all done to keep the rich of the south in the life style they are accustomed too.

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday July 11 2013 at 17:34
Theres a lot of gas coming out of my mouth and botty today.

Reply Posted by Richard Vivian on Thursday July 11 2013 at 18:13
Over the past 150 years, Barnsley has been exploited and raped and its workforce and youth sacrificed to make wealth for "Great Britain" with tens of thousands dying early as a result of industrial disease, accidents and of course wars in order to preserve, not freedom but the land and property of the upper classes. When the coal ran out the good people of Barnsley were thrown on the scrap heap and left to rot and e are still suffering from that today. The human fodder for industrialists were deemed to be no longer useful for helping to make the City and the fat cats rich. Now with this discovery that Shale oil will put Barnsley back on the map - the question is - in whose interests and for whose benefits? Yes there will be a few welcome jobs from this filthy industry -but at what price? And when the oil runs out we are back to square one. When will be ever learn?

Reply Posted by stevo on Monday July 15 2013 at 19:51
Barnsley would be a small village without coal.

Reply Posted by peter on Friday July 12 2013 at 12:10
Barnsley has that much subsidence that fracking would see some houses crumble to dust. Carlsberg don't do stupid ideas, but if they did.

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Sunday July 14 2013 at 23:37
There's plenty of energy still under our feet. It's called coal. The technology is there to burn it cleanly but that would cost money. Destroying the environment is cheaper.

Reply Posted by bob on Monday July 15 2013 at 18:26
Why not try experimental wells at Cawthorne or Silkstone / Penistown area. No thought not.

Reply Posted by king hell the third on Monday July 15 2013 at 22:49
Barnsley will do it. because theres money in it they dont care about the planet as long as they get a few bob out of it.
What about the earthquakes what about the poisoning of undrground water tables
before you cheapen the comments out of ignorance check blackpool. u s a and other countries doing this.
Of course theyll say its not proven .
Theyve got plenty of money.
Just like the famous cereal company. who now serves you a genorous portion of breakfast with g m corn and they dont have to tell you because they can afford to pay the courts to screw your life up and many other company do the same sort of thing without giving 2 tits about your welfare or health......

Reply Posted by AbeFromPlevna on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 13:30
the final insult to the coal industry

Reply Posted by Jones on Thursday July 18 2013 at 17:36
Just when we were beginning to forget all the mining subsidence. One of these days Barnsley will fall into a fracking great hole. The roads have already started getting their own holes. It doesn't matter where you go, Barnsley has the worst roads anywhere - a friend came over from Lytham last week and said the roads in India are better than ours.

Reply Posted by lol on Saturday August 3 2013 at 10:06
The council been fracking the roads for years [WHATS NEW ]

Reply Posted by Kat on Saturday August 17 2013 at 09:22
Do some research and don't just take the government and the drilling companies word for it. They want this, they are going to say that it is safe and are willing to bribe any communities that will be near a well with £100,000, there is something not right there if they have to pay people off!
Did you know that around 3/5 of the country are already licenced for fracking? Yorkshire is the largest area that is licenced, next is Sussex.
If they get their way it won't be long until the water and air is contaminated. How will we grow crops and raise livestock?!

Reply Posted by Kat on Saturday August 17 2013 at 09:33
Go to youtube and watch 'Ian R Crane - FRACKtured Future: The Fracking Nightmare', it is quite long but very interesting and informative!

Google 'list of the harmed' and find out the damage that fracking causes.

There is a petition on change.org called 'A U-Turn on Fracking Would be the Wisest Option'.
Please sign and share this petition, we need to stop this before it starts!

Reply Posted by Lauren Conway on Saturday November 30 2013 at 09:03
Yet again poor people from unemployed areas are used as industrial fodder for the benefit of rich corporations. It's not sustainable, when the gas has been extracted or the ground starts to collapse or the water is poisoned completely we'll be left even more desolate than we were to begin with

Watch the BBC documentary about fracking, the tap water in parts of America is FLAMMABLE because of the methane and chemicals in it. Scores of people are dying from chemical poisoning and communities have two rely on charities to provide bottled water. Animals can't drink it, crops fail, acid rain is getting more frequent and intense. And it causes earthquakes, Barnsley is already unstable ground from the previous coal mine shafts

There is no safe fracking, you can't fracture the bedrock of the earth using high pressure water and chemicals with any level of control from the surface, and you can't ensure that the chemicals are collected for disposal either.


Reply Posted by Lauren Conway on Saturday November 30 2013 at 09:04
Have to*** stupid predictive.