- Frack in the desolate North East
MrSmith – Member
Makes sense though, less population density and a lot of land that is of little value where the impact would be minimal, not forgetting the jobs that would be created for the numerous unemployed residing in the north of England.
Less population density but also the place where there are lots of unemployed? Sort your scale out.
Also, ‘land that is of little value’ is incredibly subjective. Are you referring to the National Park and SSSIs, or the farmland which is a living for many farmers?Posted 4 years ago
Around eight per cent of the land in North East is urban. About three per cent of the North East region is covered by very good quality agricultural land and 39 per cent by good or moderate quality agricultural land. Nearly 80% of agricultural land in the North East is under some sort of agri-environment management which is an indicator of the extent to which land is being managed in a sustainable way.
The Environment Agency’s state of the environment report published in 2011 estimated that 5,700 hectares of brownfield/contaminated land in the region is either derelict, vacant or is in use with the potential for development. Between 2006-2009, 62% of new properties (on average) were built on previously developed land, compared to the average for England over the same period of 76%. The 2004 sustainability appraisal recorded 51% of housing built on brownfield sites between 1989-1993, and 59% between 1999-2002.
So not a high proportion of prime agricultural land and 5700 hectares doing very little. So an ideal candidate for gas exploration compared to most areas in the south.Posted 4 years ago
The North East covers 8,600 square kilometers (sq km) and is the second smallest region in England after London. In 2010, the North East had a population of around 2.6 million, making it the least populous region in the country with 5% of the English total4. The local authority area with the largest population was County Durham and fewest people lived in Hartlepool.
The population of the region grew by just over 2% between 2000 and 2010. This is considerably slower than the average pace of population growth across England (6%).
Overall, 281 of the 10% most deprived Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LLSOAs)5 in England are located in this region.
The North East has 1,656 LLSOAs in total and 17% (281) of all its LLSOAs are amongst the 10% most deprived in England. The North East has a greater proportion of its LLSOAs in the most deprived quintile (32.7%) of any region in England. In all, 32% of the North East’s population live in these most deprived areas – the highest of any English region
So in need of job opportunitiesPosted 4 years agoCaptJonMember
MrSmith – Member
So not a high proportion of prime agricultural land and 5700 hectares doing very little. So an ideal candidate for gas exploration compared to most areas in the south.
Much of that sub-prime agricultural land is in the national park or covers some sort of other environmentally protected area. As for the brownfield, that’s an area smaller than Guernsey made up of pockets of land in mostly urban areas, and probably not near the gas deposits – i’m pretty sure there is more than that in the south east. Also, google anagallis_arvensis’ suggestion.Posted 4 years agoernie_lynchMember
What an utter **** that idiot is. How do people so utterly **** stupid get to such positions of power?
In the case of David Howell initially by voters freely electing him, that’s how.
And can’t see what is particularly shocking about an Eton educated Tory talking and behaving like an Eton educated Tory.Posted 4 years agoI_did_dabSubscriber
Surely the correct response should be – “you could have had gas reserves to spare and a thriving carbon extraction based economy in the NE, but 25 years ago your lot decided to shut the deep coal mines, remove the pumps and allow them to flood – closing them forever, whilst simultaneously removing legislation allowing gas powered electricity generation. Your generation’s politically motivated spite and lack of forethought got us into this mess, and now your lot oppose wind and other renewable energy sources that can get us out of it, and want to frack here instead”Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
The New Statesman wades in:
Posted 4 years agoNicoMemberPosted 4 years ago
Why dont they frack under Big Ben
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