Fracking myths and facts

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There are a great many myths about fracking, which are often repeated over and over again in the media by politicians, the gas industry lobby and supporters of shale gas production. Some of these are repeated so often – sometimes even word-for-word, as though they are all working from the same centrally published script – that it is perhaps hard to believe that they aren’t true. When you hear something a hundred times, then you almost instinctively begin to believe that it must be true, simply because you hear it so often. However, many of the claims by advocates of fracking do not stand up to scrutiny and can be clearly shown to be untrue.

Here are ten of the most common myths about fracking and reasons why the aren’t true.

MYTH #1: “FRACKING WILL PROVIDE ENERGY SECURITY FOR THE UK.”

MYTH #2: “FRACKING WILL LOWER UK ENERGY PRICES.”

MYTH #3 “FRACKING HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES.”

MYTH #4: “FRACKING POSES NO RISK TO PUBLIC HEALTH.”

MYTH #5: “THE UK HAS GOLD STANDARD FRACKING REGULATIONS.”

MYTH #6: “FRACKING WILL NOT AFFECT HOUSE PRICES.”

MYTH #7: “FRACKING HAS NEVER CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER.”

MYTH #8: “FRACKING IS A BRIDGE FUEL TO A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY.”

MYTH #9: “A FRACKED WELL CAN PRODUCE GAS FOR OVER 20 YEARS.”

MYTH #10: “FRACKING WILL CREATE OVER 64,000 JOBS.”

 

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