Unconventional Gas gives a false sense of energy security.
Coal Bed Methane and Shale Gas is not a ‘solution’ to our energy problems. It is a means for the oil and gas industry to generate new income streams as hydro-carbon depletion cuts their conventional business activities.
It is not a sustainable energy solution: At best its a stop gap measure, for 2-3 decades, before global energy shortages precipitate a far greater crisis; at worst it will not address problems of energy supply and prices in the UK, it will contaminate land and exacerbate pollution.
We cannot be distracted from what is really needed: Reducing energy consumption, and developing an infrastructure for local, community-owned renewable alternatives and safe energy options, not only for Mendip, but the whole of the UK.