What is Fracking?
Fracking is the use of a chemical solution sprayed underground at a very high pressure to break rocks below the surface that then releases shale gas which we can use for energy within homes and businesses.
Shale gas is a high carbon energy source. When used for generating electricity its emissions of carbon dioxide are about 30-90 times higher than the full lifecycle emissions of either renewables or nuclear power sources.
Since the UK’s existing coal power stations are becoming fewer and fewer, shale gas will not be produced at sufficient scale and in the necessary timeframe for it to be a substitute for coal.
Greater Manchester has seen a rise in the amount of people that are taking an interest in the Fracking process. This has lead to a number of activist groups forming. These groups have seen criticism from some, as they are branded as people that do not work. Some groups worth mentioning are Frack Free Lancashire and Frack Off Manchester. These groups came together to support a motion that was passed at Bury Town Hall to not allow fracking in this area.
In July 2016, members of the local council within the Bury area of Greater Manchester, lead by Rishi Shori, have come together to pass a motion that fracking will not be allowed on the land that they own and that he will do what he can to ensure the process of applications for fracking are met with the correct precautions. This will make it more difficult for these fracking companies to get planning permission to set up drilling equipment in these areas.