UK Prime Minister Solidly Behind Fracking
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
British Prime Minister David Cameron has called upon the UK to show their support for shale gas obtained through the practice of fracking, saying that the industry will not only create jobs, but will also help to lower the countries energy bills.
Environmental campaigners are against the practice of fracking and local communities that will be affected by fracking are up in arms and have been protesting against the industry being permitted to drill for shale gas deposits as an exploratory venture to probe the availability of gas deposits in several rural areas in the UK.
David Cameron has expressed his concern that the UK will lose ground globally if this technology is not explored.
There is an estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the eleven counties thus far studied, and this supply, if only tapped of 10% will provide more than 50 years of the UK’s gas needs. David Cameron added that very stringent safety measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of communities in areas where shale gas is extracted, and that compensation will be paid to these communities on an on-going basis for the duration of the life of the well. He has further added that if a well poses a threat to the local area then government has the power to shut it down.
Greenpeace campaigner Leila Deen has gone on record saying that David Cameron is wrong about shale gas reducing household energy bills, and said that as the UK is part of the enormous European Gas Market, this will not reduce energy bills.
David Cameron is determined to continue his crusade for fracking and this would be done with a reduction in wind farms, as a greater mix of low carbon energy sources is needed in the road forward to meet low carbon emission targets set for the UK.
Mr Cameron has said that drilling companies have pledged to pay £100,000 to each community that is in close proximity to an exploratory well, and that thereafter a percentage of the sale of gas from wells would go straight to the residents in these areas. He went on to say that fracking and the shale gas industry could be a boon for employment with thousands of jobs being created and that there was very little chance of any contamination of water supplies and seismic activity occurring.
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