The BBC’s latest fracking report views like an ‘industry infomercial’ and people have noticed

Judith Moritz at Cuadrilla site for BBC fracking report
Mohamed Elmaazi

The BBC‘s latest report on fracking views like a press release from gas company CuadrillaBBC News ran a 2 minute 28-second fracking segment. But it ignored key reasons for the massive opposition to fracking in the UK. As did another 1 minute 12-second ‘tour’ of Cuadrilla’s fracking site.

Fracking report exposed

People took to Twitter to denounce the poor coverage:

Climate change ignored

The BBC fracking report didn’t mention climate change or man-made global warming. Nor did it cover the role fracking plays in releasing large amounts of methane, which accelerates climate change:

Earthquakes and contaminated water

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, involves pumping water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth, to create cracks in deep rock formations. The risk of permanently contaminating drinking water is very high. In the United States, areas linked to fracking have seen increased earthquakes and poisoned drinking water.

But the BBC also missed these important facts:


It also failed to mention the fact that central government overturned a decision by the local council in Lancashire to ban fracking. Meanwhile, Scotland has banned fracking indefinitely:

The prison sentences imposed on three peaceful anti-fracking campaigners were ignored. So were the increasingly violent tactics of the police targeting protestors. The fact that opposition to fracking is consistent, informed, widespread and diverse wasn’t even covered.

All in all 5 October was a good day from Caudrilla’s perspective. That is until the High Court granted a temporary injunction at the last minute:

This report was nothing better than an infomercial for the fracking industry. We can and must demand better from our public service broadcaster.

Get Involved!

Watch the free documentary Power Trip about why local residents decided to upend their lives and opposing fracking in Lancashire.

Read the detailed report published by DrillOrDrop on 5 October, the same day as the BBC fracking report and compare the coverage.

Also see The Canary‘s other coverage of fracking.

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