Wind farms preferable to fracking

Independent, 14 May 2012:

The campaign against wind turbines seems to be gathering momentum with luminaries such as Donald Trump, the Duke of Edinburgh, and your own correspondent Terence Blacker in the vanguard (30 April). Add to that the anti-turbine campaign launched in Parliament by Lord Carlile on 19 April and the report by Bill Bryson (30 April), President of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and one has to wonder whether windmills should ever have been allowed into the UK.

What no one from the anti-turbine lobby seems to recognise is that without renewables we will be forced to develop shale gas. Fracking is a filthy process involving undeclared chemicals that will see thousands of well-heads spring up all over our green and pleasant land. There is likely to be permanent contamination of the countryside by toxic ponds and significant threats to animal and human health. Why on earth aren’t CPRE opposed to fracking instead of wind turbines?

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire