A U-Turn on Fracking Would be the Wisest Option
  • Petitioning David Cameron

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David Cameron
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A U-Turn on Fracking Would be the Wisest Option

    1. Philip Carr-Gomm
    2. Petition by

      Philip Carr-Gomm

      Lewes, United Kingdom

Cameron has said that we should join in a fracking 'gold rush'. If you think the environmental risks outweigh the potential gains please send him this Open Letter.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I can quite understand the apparent advantages of encouraging fracking, but I do urge you to consider the following points:

1. Your government seriously misjudged the concern people have for their environment when the public woodlands sale was mooted. It was very wise to back off from that project quickly.

2. The same story is repeating itself with fracking. Although people like money, when the chips are down they don’t want their countryside ruined, their roads clogged with lorries, their water and air risking pollution. They want to protect their country - if necessary from the government who promised to be the ‘greenest ever’. Remember your party has 130-177,000 members, the National Trust has 3.8 million. People really care about the countryside.

3. Offers of a million, or more correctly a hundred thousand pounds, do not seem attractive to most people. They smack of desperation, and the need to bribe a community. If you will forgive the image, it looks like a man offering sweets to children while his friends nip round the back and tip chemicals in the soil.

4. The tax breaks for fracking companies - from a PR point of view this is a disaster. The public associates tax breaks with attempts to shore up ailing industries. It gives the wrong signal, and people are starting to realise that this highlights the investment risks - that profitability is not guaranteed. Its timing is also disastrous - just as people are becoming aware of the tax-dodging by big corporations, they see that the tax payer will be effectively funding the degradation of their environment.

It’s not too late to back away from this. If you do, saving face by saying ‘We have listened to concerns’, setting up enquiries etc., and then ensuring it never happens, the British people, and history, will perceive you not as weak, but as a champion, a defender, of the landscape of Britain. If you continue to support fracking, your popularity will wane, at the first sign of problems - earth tremors, chemical spills, damage of any kind - you will lose support massively, will lose the next election, and be remembered as the man who was so weak he gave in to financial interests and the man who didn’t care about the land he was supposed to be governing.

Do please assure us that you will be taking the former rather than the latter course.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Petition to be handed in to No.10

      Philip Carr-Gomm
      Petition organiser

      Great news that the National Trust and RSPB are concerned too. There really is a chance we can succeed with this. I'll take the petition down to No.10 soon.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Wow!

      Philip Carr-Gomm
      Petition organiser

      This petition was launched about 10am today. In just 12 hours it's collected 1200 signatures.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Virginia Prime LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I love the country I was born in to in spite of many problems the land is green and fertile and beautiful

      • about 1 month ago

      We people in Eastry, KENT are approximately 3 km from a proposed test bore site, being undertaken by Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd. We are situated above the largest aquifer in the UK and East Kent relies on this water supply for 70% of its drinking water! C.O.G. proposes to drill through this aquifer to test for shale gas and coal-gas. We have very active protest groups in our area and this petition will add strength and encouragement to everyone who is against this form of mineral extraction.

      • about 1 month ago

      There is a "live" permission to test bore 1 mile from our home.

    • Jacqueline Jones BERKELEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      It is just so wrong on all counts. Would take too long to write it all.

      • about 1 month ago

      I do not want the land taken over and polluted, our drinking water polluted, and our country ruined.


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