Energy Firms Looking to Cheapen Gas Bills
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire Exploration
Gas exploration has come to the fore in the search for a solution for ever increasing fuel and heating bills in UK households. The time for exploration seems to be coming closer for an area that covers four counties. The Counties including Eltisley, Abbotsley and Great Gransden have been earmarked for future on-shore gas and oil exploration. There are several Energy firms interested in this exploration, and it has been made known that Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire are parts of this area, included as part of an upcoming consultation on a Strategic Environmental Assessment when the 14th drilling licensing round starts next year, for on-shore gas and oil resources.
A drilling license would open up one of two areas in East Anglia which have been proposed for exploration in next years licensing round, the winning company would be allowed to explore the area for possible sites for gas production.
Exploration for gas was undertaken in 1965 in the Ashwell, Hertfordshire and Little Chrishill areas of Essex, but it is not clear whether any gas was discovered.
The last round of licensing took place in 2008. At the present time, the process of fracking has gained renewed interest with the Government. American shale gas has been very prominent in the news as gas obtained from fracking in the USA is increasing, and has meant a more affordable supply of gas. The UK however is seeing an all-time high in the price of gas imports which has impacted on energy bills throughout Britain.
Prime Minister David Cameron has appealed to the UK to embrace fracking as an option for future gas supplies, but it is not known whether the area mentioned in this proposed exploration is rich in shale gas. There are areas of Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire that possess similar characteristics to those in Weald Basin in East Sussex where large deposits of gas have been found.
The chairman for Cambridgeshire Campaign to Protect Rural England Mr Michael Monk, has said that the primary area of concern would be the impact that would occur through added traffic, construction and servicing needed for fracking, as well as concerns for the possibility of earth tremors and including ground water and air pollution that could mar the beauty of the rural communities concerned and impact upon these areas negatively.
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