A new poll, conducted by Usurv, shows that half of those questioned in the North West (45%), where much of the shale gas resources are thought to be, said they were against it going ahead, with just 22% in favour of it. The press release is below.
RAFF says: “Independent surveys of Lancashire and the North West repeatedly show that people do not want fracking. As residents become more aware of the implications of fracking on their environment, they are flocking to the anti-fracking groups for more information and to offer their support. People are very angry and this anger, coupled with that of a number of Lancashire County Councillors, who are disgusted that our local democratic processes are being meddled with from above, shows that fracking companies have no social licence to drill for shale gas in the North West.”
ENVIRONMENT Fracking Poll
Jan 28, 2015 3:09:18 PM
By Emily Beament, Press Association Environment Correspondent
More people are opposed to the controversial process of fracking in the UK than back it, a new poll shows. An online survey of 1,000 people found that two fifths (40%) were against fracking, while a quarter (25%) were in favour of it going ahead in the UK.
Around one in 10 (11%) were happy for fracking to go ahead but “not in my backyard”, while almost a quarter (24%) did not know whether it should happen in the UK, the poll by Usurv revealed.
Men were much more in favour of fracking, with 37% backing it in the UK compared with just 13% of female respondents, and wealthier people – those earning more than GBP40,000 – were also more likely to back it.
Almost half of those questioned in the North West (45%), where much of the shale gas resources are thought to be, said they were against it going ahead, with just 22% in favour of it, and 13% saying it could happen but not in their backyard.
In Scotland, where energy company Ineos has purchased licences to explore for shale gas, just 15% of people thought fracking should go ahead, while 54% were against it, and less than 8% were happy for it to happen elsewhere.
And in the South East, where companies are looking to exploit shale deposits in the Weald, 35% were against it going ahead in the UK, 25% were in favour and 12% said they were in favour but not near them.
The figures come as the debate over the future of the shale industry in the UK intensifies, with the Government forced to rule out all fracking in protected areas such as national parks and tighten rules on giving it the go ahead under pressure from MPs.
A decision on two planning applications by Cuadrilla has also been deferred by Lancashire County Council, as the shale company submitted new information after planning officers recommended the sites be refused planning permission due to noise and traffic.
Please click here for an analysis of the results