The debate over fracking in the UK remains fraught with tension as MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee call for shale fracking stopped because they argue it is incompatible with the UK’s climate change targets.
Committee Chair Joan Walley MP said:
“Ultimately fracking cannot be compatible with our long-term commitments to cut climate changing emissions unless full-scale carbon capture and storage technology is rolled out rapidly, which currently looks unlikely. There are also huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health.”
However, elsewhere there is plenty of support for fracking. Supporters say it is the future of obtaining fossil fuel and must be allowed to go ahead to meet the country’s demands for energy.
Nick Grealy from Natural Gas 2.0 has applied for a license to frack in London, alongside six other companies. Defending fracking, he explained to Wake Up London where the work would take place, what the challenges of fracking in a built up area are and if environmental concerns such as chemical leaks are justified.