Shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas extraction, onshore unconventional oil and gas, fracking… If you follow the news at all, you’re sure to have come across these terms in abundance – but what are they talking about? Are they all different names for the same process? If so, what is that process? And why is it so controversial?
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Ministers in the UK have tightened safeguards around fracking and given the green light to companies to start fracking throughout the country. This green light includes the fracking of national parks in what they have deemed 'exceptional circumstances', although ministers have retained the right to veto these plans if called for. From Monday, the Government will invite different shale gas firms to bid for onshore gas and oil licenses for the first time in 6 years. So, will fracking really secure our energy future?
There has been a media buzz of late about Scotland leaving the United Kingdom, and the campaign has made a lot more headway than people thought it would. While there are many things at stake if Scotland do chose independence, one of elephants in the room is energy. How will Scotland source its energy? Will the UK continue to subside Scotland and pay for their energy? How will it affect bill payers?
Currently, many of the areas ripe with shale gas are under UK neighbourhoods. At the moment, shale gas operators need to request the permission of homeowners before they drill for gas under their homes, but that could all be set to change as ministers review laws preventing them from going ahead regardless. These 'trespass' laws are being examined to make it easier for energy companies to engage in shale gas exploration. With fracking already a touchy subject for many as a source of energy, it'll be interesting to see how this one plays out.
You may have already read our articles on energy saving tips this winter, and even taken all the steps to ensure that your home is as efficient as they come, but there’s one option in particular which can offer you biggest saving; switching supplier. Read on for more information.
A six day call for action and civil disobedience which was set up by the anti-fracking group No Dash for Cash was halted yesterday, but the group has vowed to continue its fight against the process, which they say can cause environmental damage and will halt the governments use of renewable energy.