Target: United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Goal: Ensure natural gas companies cannot mine underneath private residences
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised his government would be the greenest British administration. However, he also made the comment that Britain is going “all out for shale” in order to fulfill its energy needs. Shale, or shale gas, is extracted from the earth through the controversial and environmentally unfriendly practice of hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking. In a statement that makes his priorities clear, Cameron argued that certain private property laws might change to allow companies to begin fracking underneath private homes even without permission of the owner.
Fracking under houses without permission is a violation of the human right to private property. In some cases, companies or the government would pay for permission to extract gas from underneath a house, and that would represent a contract that would not violate the right to own property. However, if the person does not accept the money and their neighbor does, then that person will still suffer the dangerous effects of fracking. The property owner’s water could be poisoned by methane and, as proven by Ohio’s fracking-driven earthquakes, their property could be partially destroyed.
Still, the damage to private property does not represent the full extent of the potential damage that fracking causes. Fracking contributes to climate change through the leaking of methane, used in the mining process, into the atmosphere. Extreme weather patterns increase in frequency as climate change progresses. Britain has just recovered from flooding, likely spurred by climate change, and additional fracking would lead to further extreme weather bringing further damage to property and life.
Fracking underneath private houses must not become an acceptable norm. Sign this petition to tell Prime Minister David Cameron to protect the right to private property and use alternative energy instead of fracking.
Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,
You have said that the United Kingdom will be going “all out for shale” in an effort to have more domestic energy control. Yet, reports say that you are considering allowing hydraulic fracturing underneath private homes even without owner permission. Doing so would be a violation of your citizens’ right to own private property.
In the past, hydraulic fracturing has poisoned well water and caused earthquakes in Ohio. Therefore, even if one neighbor gives permission, other neighbors will be forced to forfeit their right to own property that is unaffected by fracking.
Fracking also leaks methane into the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change and leads to extreme weather like the severe flooding that Britain has recently faced. I urge you to protect your citizens’ rights and safety by pursuing alternative energy sources.
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