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Public support for fracking in the UK at record low, official survey reveals

Only 16% people surveyed by Business and Energy Department supported fracking compared with 21% last year. Above, anti-fracking protesters at Little Plumpton near the Fylde coast, Lancashire, England. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

The Guardian
Press Association
3 AUGUST 2017     

Government research finds drastic drop in people backing drilling for shale gas since the study was launched in 2012

Public support for fracking has reached a record low, according to the latest government research.

A survey by the Business and Energy Department showed just 16% supported the controversial process of shale gas extraction, down from 21% last year and the lowest since the study was launched five years ago.

Just 13% of the 2,000 people questioned said they knew a lot about fracking, with just under half knowing “a little.”

Groups opposed to fracking said the findings showed that the industry was pulling energy policy in the wrong direction.

Elisabeth Whitebread, energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said public opinion on fracking continued to “freefall”, adding: “Communities don’t want the unnecessary industrialisation of our countryside for shale gas we don’t need.

“More than three-quarters of people support renewables, so the government should listen to their own opinion polls, stay true to their manifesto promise and support offshore wind and solar instead of a new fossil fuel industry.

“Concern about climate change is at its highest since 2012, and to meet our climate targets, we must leave fossil fuels in the ground. The fracking industry is pulling UK energy policy in entirely the wrong direction and the public is right to be concerned.”

Rose Dickinson, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “This makes bad reading for the industry because they know they are desperately fighting an unwinnable battle for support.

“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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