- Politics and Social Issues
ENERGY BONANZA MAY AID BELEAGURED BRITAIN
THE FEVERISH SEARCH FOR ENERGY
Every UK resident knows one thing for certain and that is that whatever need they have for energy, it will be a case of paying through the nose. Gas, Electricity, Diesel, Oil, Methane, Petrol, the list is endless and they all cost a bomb.
News that plans are afoot to make the Government supportive of a move to display actual costs at garage forecourts seem pie in the sky given the ludicrous amount of tax on every litre of petrol. This week the prices have actually gone down a bit, £1.35 was what I paid per litre against £1.38 last week. Whoop Di Do !! Of that the most significant percentage is tax, though it is the guys in the Middle East where the stuff comes from who get most of the blame for raising prices over $100 a barrel. Free Trade has drawbacks at times for sure.
In other areas Britain has had the benefit for many years of Gas supplies from the North Sea. Now they are dwindling fast..This at the very time those tiresome Scots think they can sail independently of the rest of the UK. Good luck and good riddance say I. However, that is to digress from the main thrust here.
Scientists and entrepreneurs have been seeking new resources for many years. Here we have settled on two main ones and it will not surprise anyone that there are passionate objectors to both to be found in these shores. It matters not what is the subject, Briton will always throw up passionate objectors to whatever is proposed. To digress again, the Luddites in our town opposed expansion of our Airport for many years till they were eventually sent packing.last year. Now from March to October 500,000 have flown from here, proof positive that Luddites must be overcome whatever the issue. As I say, that is a digression, so to get back to the main point of this HUB, We have settled on two sources of energy for our future. The two are, NUCLEAR and WINDFARMS. The discerning reader will be well aware of the outrage those two generate in all sorts of Luddite thinkers. Progress is based on change but not for these people. Everything must remain as before lest Armageddon is to come early.
Now, details emerge of a further source of energy within our grasp for the future. You can almost hear potential protesters licking their lips at the very notion that there could be another opportunity to howl at the move , cost the country dearly, and end up being again sent packing as they will surely be. Nothing in life is free and if energy needs for the future are to be met there will be a price to pay for sure. Level that against running out of energy on an industrial scale and it is a no brainer.
COULD FRACKING GAS BE THE ANSWER.
Firstly to explain. "Fracking Gas " is not an expletive. It refers to gas found in shale under the surface of the earth around 6 to 7000 ft below.The process of extraction is to drill down and insert a pipe to the depth. This is then injected with a mix of water, sand and chemicals down the pipe to the created well. As the mix issues out of the pipe around 700 feet down if fractures shales above it. The pipe is turned horizontally down below so the mix explodes across a wider area. The result to force water up the pipe to the surface where it is stored in large lake like pits, whilst accompanying natural gas is diverted to storage tanks and thence to the market user. Sounds simple and relatively low-tech.
Already however, the opponents are circling. They claim 2 earthquakes last year in the East Midlands were caused by "fracking". This is the shortened term for Hydraulic Fracturing, the method of extraction referred to above, It is forecast that residents within 2 miles of a site will see property prices slump by up to a quarter. Against that, the reserves estimated at £1.5 trillion will stabilise gas prices for years to come. Government is set to approve further drilling and to provide incentives to exploration companies to do so. Job creation in the hard hit North West alone is estimated at 5,600, thus Government will be hoping for plain sailing and that there will be sufficient resources to be found away from high density population areas. Strangely, most deposits to date have been found in the North and some in areas previously mined for coal years ago.
Meanwhile, those against the possibility, continue to raise objections, which at this early stage, the Government is well advised to consider and have investigated which is just what is taking place. One can only hope that if, as is expected fears are proved groundless and benefits compared to deficits, that we shall see a speedy conclusion to the preliminaries and, if all is found to be sound, for the potential to be realised without delay.
OPTIMISTIC AS I AM, HISTORY TEACHES US THAT LUDDITE STYLE OBJECTIONS OFTEN HOLD UP PROGRESS HERE FOR FAR TOO LONE, SOMETIMES RUNNING INTO DECADES. WE DO NOT HAVE THAT TIME AVAILABLE TO SOLVE OUR ENERGY ISSUES SO LET US DEVOUTLY HOPE THAT FOR JUST ONCE, THIS LAME DOG GOVERNMENT WILL SHOW REAL AND POSITIVE LEADERSHIP.