J.A. Cameron : Evidence of Public Interest Issues

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Evidence of Public Interest Issues submitted for Session 3 on Economy. 15.01.2015

CW&C Cross Party Working Group investigating Unconventional Hydrocarbon Exploitation

Main Issues

  • Damage to the economy from the government which gives petrochemical energy companies nine times more subsidies than the renewable energy industries;
  • Potential damage to the economy from the Transatlantic Trade Agreement which allows such companies to sue governments for making laws which adversely affect their profits;
  • Loss of revenue from not requiring petrochemical companies to take full financial responsibility for all life cycle costs due to the exploitation of hydrocarbons and allowing the public to carry many of the costs and risks.

Detailed Issues to be addressed

  • Potentially adverse effects on existing sensitive and high risk installations with increased risks of seismic activity and seismic thresholds, fire and explosions; 
  • Potential damage to properties and effects on insurance, mortgages and property values some of which may be caused by contingent environmental issues or the risk of them;
  • Potential water shortages and or contamination of water, air or soil, adversely affecting other industries including farming, food production, the zoo, tourism and brewing;  
  • Lack and diversion of investment/loss of jobs in renewables and sustainable industries;  
  • False claims regarding numbers of jobs UGO will bring and UK/reduction of gas prices; 
  • False UGO industry claims regarding energy security as opposed to locally based sustainable resources;  
  • The cost to claimants and the public for damage to health or property which should be paid or underwritten by the industry up front. USA experience shows much use of stonewalling and use of massive power and resources to bankrupt and gag claimants and local institutions;
  • The costs of contingent health care and monitoring;
  • The full cost of monitoring, regulating and maintaining the wells in perpetuity which should be paid or underwritten by the industry up front;
  • The increased cost of flood protection contingent on exacerbating climate change;
  • The historically high risk of exploitation companies claiming bankruptcy and reneging on long term responsibilities and leaving ‘orphaned’ wells to be maintained at cost to the public;
  • Diversion of investment in sustainable, renewable energy technologies such as Carbon capture and storage, energy-saving, and development of novel energy-efficient technologies, more efficient solar panels and wind turbines.

Community Attendees to be confirmed

Phil Coombe, James Cameron, Matthew Bryan, Fiona Young, Dianne Parrish, Peter Benson, Steve Allman, Joanne Sparke as CWaC residents .

Supporting Material submitted in Evidence

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