Reader’s letters - Monday, September 21

The Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. See letter
The Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. See letter

Need for more clarity

I am neither for or against this fracking caper. I am, however, rather confused by the process and would be grateful if someone could answer my queries. Firstly, I cannot figure out how you drill a bent hole. That is to say, drill thousands of feet vertically and then drill horizontally for miles before commencing the hydraulic fracturing procedures.

Secondly, from whence are the millions of gallons of water (brought by hundreds of road tankers) required for each fracking operation to come?

Is it, perhaps, from the reservoirs of our already depleted supplies of drinking water which we are continually being asked to save?

Thirdly, where are the up to 50 per cent of now chemically contaminated recovered fluids to be dumped? I am given to understand that these are non-biodegradable and highly poisonous to plants and animals. Finally, if, as the Government so desires, many hundreds of fracking sites are to be established in the north of England, just how are the many hundreds of millions of pure, and thousands of million tonnes of contaminated water going to be dealt with? I have no worries for my own future but am deeply concerned for the health of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

N Taylor via email

Bag it – beat heart disease

I’m writing to invite your readers to join me in turning unwanted items into life-saving research this month for the British Heart Foundation’s Bag It. Beat It. campaign.

Over 18,700 people die each year with cardiovascular disease in the North West, but with donations to Bag It. Beat It. campaign this September, the BHF will be able to fight harder to reduce this figure.

I’ve donated to my local shop and I’d encourage everyone to get involved this September and do the same. Simply fill a bag with unwanted clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children’s toys, to Bag It. Beat It!

For more information and to find your local BHF shop visit or to book a free collection call 0808 250 0024.

Arlene Phillips

Director and Choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge

Bake for a good cause

Appearing on last year’s Great British Bake Off changed my life, and today I am challenging budding bakers across the country to get baking for a great cause, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH).

The charity is encouraging bakers to hold a bake sale to raise vital dough for Bake it Better Week (19-25 October). The money raised will make a huge difference to young patients and families from across the UK. You can host your bake sale at work, school, or with family and friends.

Get inspired at, where you can find recipes from patients, hospital staff and celebrities.

The money you raise will enable Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide world-class care for young patients and their families by contributing to the rebuilding of the hospital, supporting ground-breaking research, funding the most up-to-date equipment and providing accommodation and other support services.

On your marks, get set... Bake!

Chetna Makan

2014 contestant and 
professional baker

Anthem fuss 
What is all the big fuss about Jeremy Corbyn not singing the National Anthem?

As a confirmed republican, should he be forced to hypocritically mouth sentiments he does not believe in?

In this, the 21st century, a belief that people should be afforded special respect and privileges, simply based on their parentage, is an anachronism, the concept of which should be swept into the dustbin of history.

Denis Lee via email