Government survey reveals that a third of respondents are against fracking

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19th September 2017 12:28 - Utilities

Government survey reveals that a third of respondents are against fracking: Conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the recent Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracker revealed that 33 percent of respondents are against fracking, whereas 16 per cent were in favour of the process.Government survey reveals that a third of respondents are against fracking

In general, the term ‘fracking’ describes how the rock is broken apart, yet the fracking process - known as hydraulic fracturing – is a technique used extract gas from shale rock and is done so by drilling a hole into the ground and injecting a mixture of sand, water and chemicals at high pressure.

The survey concluded that out of the 2,000 respondents, 78 per cent were aware of the process of fracking, whereas 47 per cent knew little about it. Additionally, 18 per cent claimed they didn’t know what fracking was, while 13 per cent claimed to have detailed knowledge about the process.

Out of the 13 per cent who claim to have a detailed knowledge:

·       90 per cent of the respondents were at a social grade AB

·       90 per cent were over the age of 65

·       91 per cent earned over £50,000

·       88 per cent of respondents were home owners.

Amongst the 16 percent who supported fracking, 31 per cent believed the process helped reduce dependency on other fossil fuels and 28 per cent believed that it may cheapen energy bills.

Amongst those that were against fracking, 68 per cent agreed that the process is destructive to the environment and one quarter believed there was a risk of contamination to water supply.

Commenting on the survey’s results, Friends of the Earth campaigner, Rose Dickinson, said: “The extent to which this industry has failed to win over the public is undeniable. Opposition is increasing not only where fracking is proposed, but across the whole country.”

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