Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Britain has a “duty” to reduce its reliance on foreign coal, gas and oil and instead turn to home-grown energy sources – such as fracking for shale gas.
Speaking after the nuclear security Summit in the Netherlands, Cameron said that the Ukrainian crisis had highlighted Europe’s over-reliance on importing gas from Russia.
Cameron said: “I think one of the best ways of addressing that is to get some shale gas wells up and running so people can go and see them and you can hear more directly from local people about what it has meant for their communities.”
“By the end of this year, there should be some unconventional gas wells up and running that we can demonstrate, and I think the enthusiasm for it will grow. I’m confident we’ll win the argument, not least by sort of demonstrating that this is a good technology that will be good for our country.
“I think a lot of people think that the process of fracturing shale goes on for ever and ever rather than actually being a process and then you release the gas and then you take the gas off. There’s a lack of understanding about the nature of what actually happens and how much it has in common with the ways that we extract gas in the world today.”