Cornwall Unlikely to Become a Site for Fracking
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
The Government has made known its latest plans for the search for oil and shale gas that will be implemented in the near future. It was first surmised that Cornwall would be one of the areas earmarked for exploratory fracking but in the plans announced there is no mention made of Cornwall and it does not appear on a map released showing where the government plans to offer energy companies the opportunity to look for both oil and shale gas deposits. This will be good news for residents of Cornwall as they will not have to gear up for protests against fracking in their region.
More than 37,000 square miles from the south coast to central Scotland have been identified to be offered to energy companies for exploratory drilling. Other places that are on the map are Somerset and Dorset. A Royal Geological Society fellow has said that some deposits of shale gas are too deep underground to be accessed, and this is the reason why Cornwall is not on the map. There is still major opposition to fracking from many areas and it is believed that the UK government is in for a tough time in the future. As many as 2,880 wells stand to be drilled and it is said that fracking for shale gas could yield up to 20% of the country’s gas requirements and would also create upwards of 32,000 new jobs in an economy that is desperate for employment.
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