The UK government has removed a ban on the use of fracking in England, with the country’s Energy Secretary telling the house of commons that the move is “just good common sense”.
In the wake of ongoing energy crises, the ban on England’s fracking has been lifted. Jacob Rees Mogg, UK Energy Secretary has announced that the decision has been made “just good common sense”.
Rees Mogg speaks in the commons Thursday outright dismissedAny suggestion that seismic activity could be a danger from fracking was dismissed as nonsense.
“We know that shale gas is safe,”Jacob Rees Mogg informs MPs about the lifting of the ban on Fracking by Government
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“It is safe. It is shown to be safe,”The long-time Brexiteer stated. “The scare stories have been disproved time and again.”
“The hysteria about seismic activity, I think fails to understand that the Richter scale is a logarithmic scale,”He continued. “[People] seem to think it is a straight arithmetic scale, which of course it is not.”
“Bringing on this supply will bring us cheaper energy, which we need,”He continued to add, “even!” suggesting that some of those who are looking to resist the implementation of fracking “has been funded by Mr Putin’s regime“.
Noting that the UK would continue to be reliant on gas for some years to come, Rees-Mogg told representatives that it was better to source the hydrocarbon locally than be left to the mercy of foreign malign actors like Russia and the Gulf states for hydrocarbons, or even China which makes the vast majority of the world’s solar panels.
“Do we really want [our constituents] to be dependent on strange dictatorships that wage war in this world, or do we want to have our own security our own supplies?”He asked the House. “This seems to me, Mr Speaker, to be just good common sense.”
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The newly minted energy secretary’s claim that fracking is safe — while unpopular with some members of the House of Commons — seems to be bourne out by significant evidence.
Newcastle University, for example, found that fracking was not a risk in the UK and that there would be fewer tremors than coal mining.
“We lived with them without much concern during the coal mining era,” petroleum geologist Prof Richard Davies said regarding the expected phenomena. “During coal production, vast numbers of earthquakes were created in the UK right until the 1980s and the coal miners’ strike.”
“Effectively Margaret Thatcher stopped the earthquakes, and they were never very big,” he continued, noting that — despite the time difference — the UK was still dealing with “the same set of rocks”.
“The risk of seismicity is high, but the impact is low,”He went on, saying.
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