Church of England won’t condemn fracking

CNS News reports:

The Church of England is weighing in on the hydraulic fracturing debate as a matter of social justice by condemning “blanket opposition” to fracking, voicing support for its potential to alleviate “fuel poverty,” and stressing the importance of proper management to avoid environmental damage.

Justin Welby, who became the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year, “worked in the oil industry” for 11 years, and was “group treasurer of a large British exploration and production company” before becoming an Anglican priest.

Noting that the Church has “no official policy either for or against” fracking, “blanket opposition to further exploration for new sources of fuel fails to take into account those who suffer most when resources are scarce,” Philip Fletcher, chair of the Church of England’s group on Mission and Public Affairs, said in a press release.

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3 thoughts on “Church of England won’t condemn fracking”

  1. “… condemning ‘blanket opposition’ to fracking, voicing support for its potential to alleviate ‘fuel poverty,’ and stressing the importance of proper management to avoid environmental damage.” The Archbishop could be a Milloynista!

  2. I was expecting something a lot more equivocal. What a difference a new archbishop makes. I’m afraid he’s got some work to do with that flock of his that has Gaia as one of its several Gods and Goddesses.

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