Poms stand to reap billions from Fracking

David Farrar, in between travel and arts posts, has a good example of the hypocrisy of the green taliban who want us to believe in the consensus in the science of global warming but ignore scientists when it comes to things like fracking.

Fracking is a great example…the green taliban want us to ignore history, facts, reason and most importantly economics. Michael Fallon is MP for Sevenoaks and Minister for Energy and Business and he counters the wailing of those opposed to fracking.

There is bound to be some disruption, but shale gas could cut energy bills and fuel economic recovery.

North, south, east and west, shale gas represents an exciting new potential resource for Britain that could contribute to our energy security, growth and jobs.

We only have to look across the Atlantic to see how it has reinvigorated the US economy: gas prices have halved, cutting costs for industry and consumers, and creating thousands of jobs and billions in new investment. Countries from India to Australia have looked on in envy at this boom – and are now joining in.

For its part, this Government is serious about shale. We are encouraging industry to find out how much is recoverable in all parts of the country. Given increasingly volatile international gas and oil prices, and our commitment to helping hard-pressed families with their bills, it would be irresponsible to ignore a new energy source right underneath our feet. 

There’s nothing new about onshore oil and gas production in Britain. The first well was drilled in Derbyshire in 1919. Since then, more than 2,100 conventional wells have been sunk – including about 200 that have been fracked – at sites ranging from the South of England to the North and Scotland. So we have nearly a century of experience of oil and gas production. And we have also put in place robust regulation to ensure drilling is safe for people and for the environment.

What’s not to like. We should ignore the green taliban.

Last month, we published estimates showing that there is 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Bowland shale, which stretches across 11 northern counties. In the South, we will have a better understanding of the amount of shale when we publish an estimate for the Weald basin, running from Dorset to Kent, in March next year.

Claims that exploration involves ruining the countryside are nonsense. A typical shale gas pad is expected to be little larger than a cricket ground. I recently visited a conventional onshore site tucked away in the South Downs National Park, which shows how oil and gas operations can work even in the most sensitive environment.

If it is commercially successful, shale gas could provide a great boost for jobs, skills, the business supply chain and innovation, right across the country.

The green taliban rail against this?

[R]esidents understandably want reassurances that their water will not be contaminated. The facts are that around 2.5 million wells have now been fracked worldwide, more than 27,000 of them in the US in 2011. There is no evidence from America of fracking causing any groundwater contamination.

Second, the UK has robust construction standards in place for wells – and the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency have all the powers they need to stop drilling if there is any evidence suggesting a risk of pollution.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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