LETTER: Fracking benefit?

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SECRETARY of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd spins fast-tracking fracking by trumpeting that, as we now have a ‘one nation Government’ (only a quarter of the electorate voted Tory), it has carte blanche to pursue its fascistic profiteering, to our everlasting detriment.

(Furthermore, the clandestine negotiations of the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could soon render our right to democratic veto completely null and void.)

She goes on to trot out that ‘Hard-working families’ in this area are to benefit from fracking. Most of us benefit from the privilege of living in a beautiful rural area, which could provide only an estimated 6-10 years worth of shale gas usage.

The fact of dramatic environmental damage has been massively underplayed and none will benefit from irretrievably transforming our environment to aid short-term profits to investors.

Contrary to the spin, there’ll be no reduction in household energy prices.

Francis Egan, CEO of fracking company, Cuadrilla, admitted that ‘the impact of shale on prices would be basically insignificant’. Nonetheless, they would rather invest in short-term profits rather than their grandchildren’s world.

A Chadwick

Lye Lane,

Chichester