4. Should the Government legislate to provide underground access to gas, oil and geothermal developers below 300 meters?
The government should realise its’ duty as the protector of society, the economy and the environment, and act accordingly.
Continued investment and political support for fossil fuel exploration, especially more extreme forms like shale, will only serve to keep society and the economy dependent on fossil fuels – which are going to run out, quite possibly before I die. I don’t want to be left with a country hopelessly dependent on a fuel source which no longer exists. The Government is behaving irresponsibly towards the carbon bubble and the wellbeing of their own offspring.
Access to geothermal resources is an entirely different issue, and would be far more preferable as it is renewable, although I am not well informed as to the geology of the UK in respect of geothermal energy resources.
5. If you do not believe the Government should legislate for underground access, do you have a preferred alternative solution?
You need to take concerted action on both demand side policy and in electricity market reform. There needs to be investment geared towards supporting renewable energy technology advancement, capacity building in the national grid and support for community ownership.
After totally overt pressure from the Big Six, you’ve completely failed at an attempt to legislate in demand side policy responses with the getting rid of ‘all the green crap’ in the form of the ECO payments. How can government think people take it seriously on energy and environmental policy?
You must make sure that renewable energy technologies are given a favourable investment climate and ensure that consumers receive as much support as possible in reducing their energy use.
You also need to upgrade the national grid to make provision for energies which are widespread and not single large installations like coal power stations.
6. Should a payment and notification for access be administered through the voluntary scheme proposed by industry?
Any system for administering community benefits from the fracking industry needs to be mandatory and regulated. Given the level of secrecy already in the Government report on the impacts of fracking (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/337654/RFI6751_Draft_Shale_Gas_Rural_economy_impact_report.pdf) – it’s clear that the industry has a long way to go before they can gain a social licence.
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