Greenpeace slam Total plans for fracking in the UK

Environmental campaigners Greenpeace have criticised reported plans to explore for shale gas in the UK. The Financial Times said Total would become the first major oil company to become involved in the controversial projects.

Greenpeace slam Total fracking plans

Total, a French company who can't frack in their own country because the French government has stopped the French countryside being ripped up, have now turned their sights on the UK countryside where the UK Government seem happy to allow the industrialisation of our green and pleasant land.

The UK Government seem deaf to the risks fracking poses to our environment and local communities and are pushing ahead with selling off two thirds of Britain for drilling without a public mandate.

– Lawrence Carter, Greenpeace

Total 'to announce UK fracking bid'

The Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex.
The Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Total will become the first major oil company to become involved in fracking in an expected new deal.

The controversial project will be a big boost for Government efforts to create a US-style shale gas boom in Britain, according to the Financial Times (£).

It said a deal would be announced on Monday that would see the French company join a shale gas exploration licence in the Midlands currently operated by eCORP of the US. The other partners in the project are Dart Energy and UK-listed Igas and Egdon Resources.

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