• Petitioned The Scottish Government

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The Scottish Government

Establish a moratorium on fracking in Scotland.

    1. Barry Dalgleish
    2. Petition by

      Barry Dalgleish

      Glasgow, United Kingdom

In the US, fracking - or hydraulic fracturing - has become widespread and has led to local environmental pollution causing serious health problems in communities where fracking has occured.

There are already proposals to commence test drilling at various sites around Scotland. I believe a moratorium on fracking is necessary until a full investigation on the environmental impacts of this industry is understood.

In Lancashire, Caudrilla Resources have commenced test drilling. Recently, drilling was stopped at a site near Blackpool because of the link with earthquakes in the region.

But the main concern here is with the cocktail of chemicals used in the fracking process, many of which are known toxins. Although regulations are tighter here than in the US, nevertheless there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the effects of the fracking process on local communites.

Also studies have shown that methane can be leaked during the process. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas - 20 times more so than CO2. So it therefore essential that more is understood about the potential environmental and health impacts of the process before it is allowed to go ahead.

The trailer for the film Gasland (above) gives a brief overview.

So please sign this petition today and send a clear message to the Scottish Government to uphold its commitment to sustainable development.

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What is fracking?

Fracking is the extraction of methane (or shale gas as it's sometimes known) from shale rocks deep beneath the surface. It involves drilling a well down to the shale rock bed followed by the pumping of a cocktail of water and chemicals into the rock at high pressure. This causes the rocks to fracture, releasing the gas which is then collected.

Why call a moratorium?

As noted above, the shale gas industry in the US has left a legacy of irresponsible and reckless exploitation.

It is only right that any responsible Government should put the welfare of it citizens before corporate ambition and profit and conduct a proper peer reviewed scientific Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Will fracking become safe in the future?

This will depend on available scientific evidence, not just in Scotland but also elsewhere where the industry operates.

It's possible that there will still be an element of uncertainty over health and safety and environmental impacts.  

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. European Commission launches public consultation on Unconventional fossil

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      This has to be the most important development yet regarding this issue. Please follow the link and participate: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1429_en.htm

    3. Fracking should be shaleved

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      This is the title of a blog article I publish a wee while back.

      My thanks to everyone who has signed up to this petition. I'm now in a position to contact the Scottish Parliament formally and deliver the petition. Watch this space.

      Dear Green Planet - Environmental: Fracking Should be Shaleved 1

      The sight of domestic water supplies being ignited due to contamination by natural gas has been one of the most enduring images left in peoples minds since the release of the film Gasland in 2010: The initial drilling phase involves sinking a vertical well at a depth determined by the location of shale rock formations.

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. The hunt for gas ... and the threat to Scotland

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      Excellent article from the Sunday Herald about the state of play in Scotland regarding fracking.

    6. JESSICA ERNST AT MEMRAMCOOK 11/12/11 (youtube)

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      Engaging video about a scientists fight against the Provincial and Federal Governments of Alberta and Canada and the fracking industry. Jessica Ernst describes how a well regulated country descended into lies, deceit and de-regulation.


      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      This is a record of a debate raised by Patrick Harvie of the Green Party in the Scottish Parliament. Given that this issue was raised on Tuesday (1 February) certainly makes the prospect of a broader discussion of this campaign more likely.

      I'll contact Patrick Harvey directly to make him aware of this petition.

    8. Fracking does not need more regulation, report says

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      A new European Commission report concludes fracking for shale gas is covered by existing national regulations on water and drilling. However, the study says the assessment refers only to the current scale of operations in Europe. Shale gas exploitation on a commercial scale is a situation which is not covered by the EU study.

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. The Fracking Industry Has Bought Off Congress

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      The headline says it all. A no nonsense commentary that exposes US politics for what it is - corrupt and in the pockets of the industry.

    11. Americans protest fracking as Obama cheers for it

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      Revealing article that exposes the problems with fracking in the US and the rising public opposition against it.

    12. Reached 50 signatures
    13. Methane and greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      This report by Cornell University, shows the results of an investigation into shale gas extraction.

    14. No fracking in home counties, village residents tell oil company

      Barry Dalgleish
      Petition Organizer

      This is how people in West Sussex reacted to Caudrilla Resources plans to start test drilling in their area.

    15. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • caroline doyle-mcmanus GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      I have a BSc Environment,"be the change you want to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi

      • 6 months ago

      As a resident of Scotland, and a Scottish citizen, I feel it is important that the environmental impacts of any and all new energy technologies be fully investigated and understood by The Scottish Parliament and Government BEFORE any testing begins.

    • Lisa samson ALVA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      Scotland should be using re-newables and not being ripped apart by greedy energy companies!

      • 7 months ago

      Fracking pollutes water system, chemicals used are toxic.

      • 8 months ago

      I believe Fracking, while it may provide some short-term economic benefits will ultimately cause agricultural, water supply and economic ruin. The latter because people will be induced to invest in programmes that will rapidly cease to be profitable. Scotland should instead look into more forward looking energy solutions such as Thorium Power (already operating in mix with uranium and possible without it) and the development of algae based biofuel development sited next to conventional coal plants to capture and use the CO2 emitted.


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