THOSE of us of a certain age will remember when British Gas was ploughing up acres of land to install North Sea gas mains.
Before that electricity power lines, even railways and canals caused debate and no doubt controversy. Most are now considered attractive and beneficial.
I see no difference with fracking today given that the companies involved in its development should clearly state the benefits, stressing that as an intermediate fuel leading to cleaner energy, it is important for our future energy needs.
Oil is already produced in reasonable quantities in West Sussex and Dorset and there seems no reason why fracking should be any more intrusive in the long term.