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Why this craze to ban fracking?

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WHISKY producer Glenmorangie is to cut its carbon emissions by replacing heavy fuel oil with North Sea gas to provide the power needed for distillation.

This is a good idea, so why has the Scottish government banned fracking? This could provide secure and cheaper gas supplies, reduce emissions and provide much-needed employment opportunities. The government should also explain why it will ban gas for cooking and heating in the not-so-far-off future.

Before the anti-fracking brigade rush to complain, it should be pointed out that Friends of the Earth (FoE) made allegations in a leaflet campaign that the water used in fracking contains a toxic cocktail of chemicals which could end up in drinking water and that fracking chemicals could cause cancer and affect skin, eyes, respiratory systems, nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems. When questioned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) FoE were unable to substantiate ANY of these claims. ASA warned FoE never to repeat such claims or face court proceedings. FoE have been strangely silent.

 

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Clark Cross
Clark Cross is a retired chartered accountant, finance director and managing director. He lives in Scotland.

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