Moderator, Paul Seaman, looks back over comments posted by DrillOrDrop readers over the past 12 months
More than 7,000 comments from nearly 600 people were posted over the year, containing enough text to fill 1,200 A4 pages.
Contributions were posted by people living in fracking areas, campaigners and protectors, councillors, retired drilling engineers, geologists, shale investors and people working in drilling companies and the industry supply chain.
Discussions ranged far and wide:
Topics covered included safety, economics, politics, the planning system, water, regulations, shale in the USA and Australia, the law, national versus local interests, energy policy, climate change, the feasibility of renewables, and, perhaps surprisingly, the Vikings.
Top ten pieces for comments
The pieces attracting the most comments this year were:
- Francis Egan on drilling in 2017, low gas prices, financing expansion and how many wells can you fit on a site (128)
- Photo post: Don’t Frack Yorkshire rally (125)
- “Frack Master” accused of $80m investment fraud (122)
- Lancashire bill for hosting fracking inquiry stands at £330k but council escapes most of Cuadrilla’s costs (120)
- Judgement reserved in High Court challenge over fracking in N Yorkshire (115)
- Friends of the Earth condemns leak of draft ASA ruling (110)
- Minister avoids questions on acceptable level of fracking emissions (109)
- Legal challenge next week to North Yorkshire fracking plans (108)
- Pictures and messages from United Against Fracking rally (98)
- Breaking: Government approves Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking plans at Preston New Road but Roseacre Wood on hold (95)
Top commenters of 2016
The most prolific commenter in 2016 was John Hobson/Refracktion, closely followed by hballypeenyahoocom and Paul Tresto.
November was the busiest month, and the most popular time to submit a comment to DrillOrDrop was between 5pm and 6pm.
Thank you to everyone who contributed a comment this year. Please carry on the conversation in 2017.
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