Clinton Huxley wrote:So fracking in the UK will be fine, because we will follow the rules and not try to cut corners to increase profit? Huzzah!
I think if the gas is there, you've got to go for it. Of course it needs stringent regulation, but if you can enforce that, and still make money, then it's got to be a good thing.
The government should be encouraging it with incentives, like they do for wind power. Because after all, it has the potential to reduce our vulnerability to foreign suppliers, and the jobs in extracting the gas, in regulating the safety of it, and the cleanup jobs, will all be here in the UK, adding to our economy, instead of in Iran or Saudi, draining money from our economy.
As far as earthquakes go, they only happen as a result of strain that is already there in the rocks.
If fracking triggers a quake, it's going to be small, and it would have happened anyway, possibly bigger, because the strains would have built up bigger in the meantime.
Small earthquakes are a GOOD thing, they prevent big quakes.