There is a reason for opposing fracking which goes beyond the environmental case. North Sea oil and gas have been a disaster for the economy of northern Britain.
The government has had the income to close down large parts of British industry and pay families to live on social security. We are now into the third generation of people forced into this lifestyle.
Without the tax income from the North Sea it would have been essential to keep ordinary people in jobs to keep the economy afloat.
Are we to make the same mistake with these potential new gas reserves?
If only the North Sea revenues had been used to finance a new generation of modern efficient industries, we could now find ourselves in the economic position occupied by Germany.