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Fracking Whistleblowing

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Nobody should face a loss of their income and status just because they speak out about something that’s wrong. I’m a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and for the past eight years I’ve spent my free time informing the public about fracking – blowing the whistle on health and environmental concerns.

And now for the second time in three years, I am facing a full scale investigation and threat of disciplinary action from  my professional body, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). Pro-fracking individuals have complained that I am bringing the Institute and "science" into disrepute. They have filed complaints on 63 different points. The IET has appointed a  barrister as an "independent investigator" to examine the case against me. Should it go to  "trial" at a Disciplinary Board then the result can be my effective silencing. 

The first time this happened I spent thousands on legal fees and it cost  tens of thousands in lost income. I was completely exonerated, but as this was not a court of law, I was not awarded costs. My family and I cannot afford to spend this much money a second time. My lawyers  have asked me to lodge monies with them to execute the work on the 63 points for me and argue the case with the IET's investigator.  

So I am asking for your help. Anything you can donate will help me to pay for solicitors to defend me against this "complaint", and will enable me to stay vocal in the fracking debate. By donating to my legal costs and my expenses, you will be contributing to whistle-blowers everywhere who believe the public’s health and the safety of the environment is being put at risk.

Thank you.

Mike
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Hi All - just a quick update - I have met with the lawyers (IET's and mine) and the case is presently waiting on a report to the IET. So it is ongoing but not going too fast at the moment! I have lodged some funds with Leigh Day so that they can continue to act for me as and when they need to. Thanks again to all of you who helped me with this matter. For those interested in the recent earthquakes I have written a forma review of them and guest post on Drill or Drop - h https://drillordrop.com/2018/11/12/guest-post-save-the-fylde-keep-the-earthquake-safety-limit-at-0-5/ Rgards Mike
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Thank you to all donors for helping to smash the goal.
I am now in a position to instruct Leigh Day to begin work on the case. Everyone's support and words have been very encouraging.
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Thanks again to all of you who have donated. I have been asked what is my position on fracking now (after 8 years). I am afraid I am not very good at using few words but in a "nutshell" my position is this:

Fracking has been portrayed as a bridge fuel to a low carbon future and one that helps wean us off our energy dependence on Russia. Neither is true. The reality is leaks from fracking (fugitive emissions) are invariably at a rate that makes exploring for shale gas a disastrous activity in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and actually “dirtier” than even if we had stuck to just burning coal! Further due to the nature of unconventional fossil fuels , as in it is like trying to get gas out of sold rock, then the actual amount you can get (recoverability) is highly unlikely to represent more than 5%-10% of the UKs gas needs. This alone would need a large number of wells and to recover more would necessitate a vast amount. So shale gas is a bridge to nowhere, a dead end, and offers hardly any energy security at all as we will still have to import the vast bulk of our gas from elsewhere all the time we rely on fossil fuels. Then it is important to add in the fact that the regulatory regime and inspection strategy in the UK for onshore exploration is, in my opinion, “inadequate” and so puts the public at very serious risk of very serious health issues that studies have shown include cancer, silicosis, chronic health complaints, neural tube and congenital heart defects. As fracking leaves huge quantities of fracking waste in the ground free to migrate to the aquifer and our drinking water (on the Fylde alone each “exploratory” well in will leave some 17 million litres of toxic waste in the ground), then fracking also represents a huge risk to the environment below the surface as much as above.
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Hi All. Thanks so much for your donations.

It’s been reported to me that there’s a problem now with GoFundMe accepting cards. To do with expiry date being limited.

I have reported this to the administrators and hope it’s fixed soon. Sorry about this and Please do come back if the site does not let your donate. I will keep on at GoFundMe to fix it ASAP.

Thanks
Mike.
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