Condemn UK Tax Breaks for Shale Gas Industry


Target: Prime Minister David Cameron

Goal: Stop subsidizing the hazardous natural gas industry.

The BBC reports that the United Kingdom’s government has proposed cutting the tax on income generated from the production of shale gas from “62 percent to thirty percent.” The government claimed that this would make the UK the “most generous regime for shale gas in the world.” The method of extracting natural gas from shale deposits, known as “fracking”, poses serious environmental and health risks, such as the contamination of drinking water and “earth tremors.”

Environmental groups such as Friends of The Earth and Greenpeace have condemned the proposed tax plan. In addition to the tax cuts, the UK government also plans to “give communities that host shale gas sites £100,000 per site, and up to 1% of all revenues from production.” Despite this, environmentalists emphasize the fact that fracking “causes a great deal of disruption for very little gain.” Although certain communities stand to profit from the expansion of the national gas industry in the UK, the fact remains that none of them will gain as much as the natural gas companies.  In a system facing drastic cuts to social spending on education and healthcare, can the UK government really afford to subsidize a risky venture such as fracking? Is the chance of gaining revenue worth the destruction of the environment? Tell David Cameron’s Coalition Government to put the health of their environment and citizens above the health of their economy.


Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,

The United States and the United Kingdom share a chance to profit from the natural gas industry, particularly with regard to gas extraction from shale deposits. However, in the UK, just as in the USA, the risks outweigh the benefits. In an era of increased environmental instability, investing in the production of natural gas from shale is borrowing trouble.

The extraction of natural gas from shale deposits, known as “fracking” has increasingly been linked to environmental and medical hazards, such as the contamination of drinking water and increased risk of cancer in “fracked” communities. It has also been linked to seismological disruptions known as “earth tremors.” Listen to the environmentalists; fracking is a bad idea. Natural gas extraction will disrupt the ecological and physical health of communities while lining the pockets of industry men.  Stop subsidizing a dangerous industry.


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