Target: Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Environment
Goal: Revoke applications for exploratory drilling for Shale Gas in Nottinghamshire.
The Nottinghamshire council in England has approved an exploratory permit for iGas, a shale gas firm, to begin exploring areas of the East Midlands. The permit, for Misson in northern Nottinghamshire, may lead to fracking near an area of protected fenland, home to rare long-eared owls as well as other wildlife. Aside from contributing to climate change, fracking has been linked to a range of other environmental and public health issues such as water contamination, air pollution, and earthquakes. In 2011, a firm caused tremors while trying to drill a well near Blackpool.
Under the Paris Agreement, governments are legally bound to keep temperature increases below two degrees centigrade and to try and keep warming below 1.5 degrees. The current scientific consensus is that a minimum of 85 percent of proven fossil fuel resources must stay in the ground for either of those goals to be possible. Therefore, searching for new fossil fuel deposits is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement. Sign our petition and demand that the U.K. government upholds its commitments under the Paris Agreement and stops issuing permits for fossil fuel exploration.
Dear Secretary Leadsom,
I was shocked and dismayed to hear that the Nottinghamshire council has approved permits for iGas to drill exploratory wells near Misson. According to climate scientists, at least 85 percent of proven fossil fuel resources must remain in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change. Therefore, exploratory drilling for further fossil fuel resources is incompatible with any attempts to mitigate climate change. Therefore, the United Kingdom cannot continue to grant exploratory permits while honoring our commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Secondly, fracking has been linked to a number of environmental issues including water contamination, air pollution, and earthquakes. In 2011, vertical drilling near Blackpool triggered tremors, and across the United States areas near fracking sites have reported water contamination that have been linked to cancers and ecosystem damage. I urge you to act to end all further fossil fuel exploration in the U.K.
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