There is no scientific reason whatsoever why Cuttings and spent fluids from shale gas exploration could not be put on proximity farm land and the truck movements involved in “disposal” elsewhere eliminated. There are even advantages to farming by putting the cuttings onto fields close to the drilling site. We do have the technology to do this right and it is British, world-lead technology. Yet, the word on the ground is that there is no way the Environment Agency will even talk about it. Why not let the local community decide? See today’s blog at http://www.safeshale.co.uk for part of the discussion.
Bill Butterworth 6th April 2016