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Say No To Fracking

What do you think about drilling for fossil fuels under your very home? Nation states like Germany are currently debating about banning fracking altogether, recognising the grave threat that such operations present to both the local and global environment. Strathclyde University's founder, John Anderson, believed that education should be for the benefit of humanity, and today, as the UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year, the University of Strathclyde has a duty to lead the way in responsible research, long term decision making, and environmental sustainability.

Strathclyde University students are socially, globally and environmentally aware, and as such the University of Strathclyde Students' Association asks the University Management to disinvest from any research and development operations supporting companies involved in fracking, as well as to commit to extending its ties with sustainable energy, increasing its investment into renewables, and to better integrate environmentalism into the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.

Sign the petition below to demand the University to disinvest from fracking.

We the undersigned demand that the University of Strathclyde:

  • Disinvests from any research and development operations that support companies involved in fracking.
  • Continue to extend its ties with sustainable energy and increase its great work of investing into renewable energy.
  • To better integrate environmentalism into both the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.

If you don't know what fracking is or what impact it has on the environment, let us explain:

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a method of drilling for shale gas that is deeply damaging to the surrounding environment. It involves breaking down shale rock through blasting it at a high pressure with a mixture of sand and chemically treated water, so that the underlying natural gas deposits can be tapped and exploited. Many companies try to assure the public that the risk in the process is minimal, but to maximise production the fracking process is repeated many times over on the same deposit, despite each drilling operation bringing with it an exponential increase in the risk of widespread pollution, thus putting the surrounding areas at great risk from earthquakes and the pollution of local aquifers[1].

Recently, the new development of horizontal drilling has allowed companies to attempt to exploit deposits that lie under populated areas, leading to a “shale rush”. The process of fracking is known to release large amounts of methane, frequently leading to the contamination of the local water supply, already a critical problem in some areas of the USA that have previously undergone drilling operations[2].

The German Federal Government is currently debating the introduction of fracking regulations in an attempt to preserve their environment. In the meantime the UK government is in the planning process for large areas of Scottish soil to be made available for fracking exploration[3], with the majority of these overlapping densely populated areas. A statement from the Scottish scientific establishment is necessary to prevent our environment from being damaged by these operations.

1. THE TRUTH ABOUT FRACKING. By: Mooney, Chris, Scientific American, 00368733, Nov. 2011, Vol. 305, Issue 5
2. FRACKING AND TAINTED DRINKING WATER. By: Fischetti, Mark, Scientific American. Sep. 2013, Vol. 309, Issue 3, p21-21.
3. FRACKING UK SHALE: PLANNING PERMISSION AND COMMUNITIES. UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, Feb. 2014. (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/fil...)

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