London ends shale gas ban despite earthquake risk | Abroad

London ends shale gas ban despite earthquake risk | Abroad
London ends shale gas ban despite earthquake risk | Abroad

The new British government has decided to end the ban on ‘fracking’, or drilling for shale gas. The technique is considered harmful to the environment. The United Kingdom had imposed a ban a few years ago because of the risk of earthquakes.

But that 2019 moratorium is now coming to an end due to the energy crisis in Europe, the Truss administration says. “Due to Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the misuse of energy as a weapon, strengthening our energy security is an absolute priority,” Economy Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Thursday. The decision should also ensure that the UK becomes a net exporter of energy by 2040.

“To achieve that, we need to explore all possibilities for solar and wind energy, oil and gas,” said Rees-Mogg. In the past, he has been a critic of green energy and global warming.

Fracking

Fracking is used to extract oil or natural gas from rock using hydraulic pressure and chemicals. The technique is very controversial, because it is harmful to the environment. Several countries have even banned the technique.

“Fracking is part of the energy mix, we need to explore all options,” Prime Minister Liz Truss said on the sidelines of the UN meeting in New York. “We cannot rule out any option to improve our energy security. That is the main problem we face.” Requests for exploratory drilling will be examined “in light of national needs and if there is local support,” it said on Thursday.

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