'It’s official: public support for fracking has dropped considerably. But don’t take our word for it. Because the figures come from the government itself.
Fracking: under the microscope
Campaign group Friends of the Earth describes fracking as:
a process to extract oil or gas from shale rock… A mixture of water, sand and chemicals is pumped down the well at very high pressure. This fractures the rock and when the pressure is released, the gas or oil flows back up the well.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) does a quarterly survey of public opinion on energy. And it’s now released the latest results.
Public support for fracking has dropped by 12 percentage points since December 2013; although it increased by two percentage points between September 2017 and September 2018. Meanwhile, opposition has risen from 21% in December 2013 to 31% in September 2018; it peaked at 36% in September 2017:
The top three reasons for people opposing fracking were:
- Loss/destruction of natural environment (58%).
- Not a safe process (27%).
- Earthquakes (26%).
And as the BEIS survey noted [pdf, p15], the more knowledge people have about fracking, the more likely they are to oppose it.
But looking at the situation with fracking, it’s no surprise support has dropped and opposition has grown.'
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