Action Card - February 2018
Material provided by National Justice & Peace Network
Using high pressure hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques, exploratory drilling for shale gas is now a fact of life in Lancashire and North Yorkshire. If the techniques prove that saleable quantities of gas can be commercially produced then this is just a precursor to widespread industrial fracking in our countryside. The UK government has already sold extensive drilling licences.
The NJPN has produced a detailed briefing paper (June 2017). It is extensively scientifically referenced and dispassionately examines the technical and social issues in plain language. Placing the evidence in the context of Christian thought, especially Pope Francis’ letter to the whole world Laudato Si’ - on care for our common home, the NJPN has concluded it does not support fracking.
The Church of England produced a briefing paper in Dec 2016 which concluded “the key to whether or not fracking is a morally acceptable practice turns on three points: the place of shale gas within a transitional energy policy committed to a low carbon economy; the adequacy and robustness of the regulatory regime under which it is conducted, and the robustness of local planning and decision-making processes”. Regarding regulation they said they were “persuaded that a robust planning and regulatory regime could be constructed [but] these are aspects that will need constant vigilance”. Each person must decide the likelihood of these conditions being met.
Join campaigners locally or on-line:
Reduce our dependency on fossil fuels
Encourage your community to apply for The LiveSimply Award from CAFOD (http://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/How-to-campaign/Livesimply-award) or EcoChurch from Arocha (https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/).
Support the Bright Now campaign towards fossil free churches (http://brightnow.org.uk/)
Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.
you gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
so that those who follow after us
may enjoy the fruits of your creation.
God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.
(Linda Jones, CAFOD)