When we talk about energy resources and fracking, when we look at what has been so successful in America, one often wonders why we have not achieved anything at all apart from two trial wells and a whole industry of anti-fracking campaigners?
According to the maps produced when fracking first set out, there are ten-odd areas within the UK where frack-drilling should produce SUBSTANTIAL gas and distillate flows.
The fracking industry in America has produced, in ten-odd years close to 200 Billion cubic feet of natural gas; almost two thirds of its total needs.
The Fracking companies in the UK have met up with; and still face massive planning, legal and community problems, and they have so far drilled a few test sites, but are, once again; hopeful of drilling and fracking sometime this year.
It has always puzzled me that, when North Sea Gas, which comes from sources similar in nature to fracking, came ashore, there were absolutely no protests whatsoever; in fact, the change from the dirty, noisy, polluting coal gasification plants which I remember produced all our gas in the thirties to the sixties onwards was welcomed with a concerted sigh of relief by all concerned. Was the lack of protest due to the fact that the production sites were all offshore, and so out-of-sight was also out-of-mind: or are the modern protests the result of something much more sinister?
We have all seen the housewives seated outside their tents which line the roadsides which approach the possible frack drilling sites, accompanied by the would-be ‘Swampy’ imitators; and one has to ask; who benefits, or as my Latin teacher used to bark at us ‘Cui Bono’? Are these protesters all completely genuine? Are the likes of Selina Scott, allied with the National Trust, completely sincere in their dislike of drilling and fracturing the underground rock to release the gas which is said to be there in abundance? Are the protesters such as ‘Friends of the Earth’ completely sincere in their opposition to fracking; or do they completely understand where some of their funding comes from?
We in the United Kingdom supply some 43% of our gas needs from the slowly-depleting North Sea and the Irish Sea wells. We import 13% of our gas via LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) from Qatar, the Gulf Sheikdoms, and from the USA; and the other 44%? Half of that gas, around 22% comes from Norway. The other 22%? That would be from our friendly neighbourhood Superpower, Russia!
Russia’s economy is slowly going into reverse, what with the price of oil sliding back and forth around fifty-sixty dollars a barrel, so every drop of gas Putin can sell to the chilled-out idiots who refuse to bring their own gas to the surface, the better!
Theresa May can strut her stuff, and impress everyone with her tough talk. She can kick out as many Russkies as she can find. Never mind the half-dead former spy and his daughter, along with the first copper on the scene: all the former KGB head has to do is say the magic word, “Zakroi’tye klapani“, and the gas valves WILL close, and Centrica and the National Grid will be panicking, trying to locate the nearest LNG tanker which will keep up the supply trail to the gas-fired turbo-generators which keep the UK lights on, as well as the boilers which keep the central heating going in about 80% of UK homes. We closed our own gas storage systems in the Rough Field, after the Government wouldn’t kick in half the needed cash because ‘Oooohh; we can’t give cash away to Companies, it wouldn’t be right’; so we ain’t got any place to store the stuff, so we are totally dependent on foreign-controlled supplies for our Power Network!
The Government would not use its powers of allowing fracking drilling to proceed, as that might upset the protesters. The Greenpeace campaigner stated “It makes no sense for the government to be bending over backwards for the sake of an unproven fossil fuel industry when safe and cheap clean energy is already booming.”. She didn’t include the fact that Russia’s Putin could turn off the taps to some 22% of British gas requirements if the UK got ‘uppity’ over two half-dead Russians, and a hospitalised copper!
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