The Business Secretary revoked the ban on fracking in reaction to Putin’s “weaponisation of energy,” despite worries that it might prolong the solution to the energy crisis, harm the environment, or trigger seismic activity.
Jacob Rees-Mogg pushed back against the criticism the Government experienced after Prime Minister Liz Truss agreed to lift the 2019 fracking ban in an attempt to boost Britain’s energy independence as bills climb due to increasing wholesale gas rates on the international market.
In light of Putin’s illegitimate invasion of Ukraine and energy weaponization, Rees-Mogg pronounced: “Strengthening our energy security is a absolute priority, and as the prime minister said, we are going to ensure the UK is a net energy exporter by 2040.”
“To get there, we will need to explore all avenues available to us through solar, wind, oil, and gas production-so it’s right that we’ve lifted the pause to realise any potential sources of domestic gas.”
Fracking enthusiasts claim that producing Britain’s shale gas will reduce the dependence on costly imports and undermine the UK’s residual reliance on Russia, even though the UK only received 4% of its gas last year.
Although the Prime Minister has stated that fracking will only proceed in areas that support it, Ms. Truss stated three years ago that she would lift the ban on the practise and is set to issue approximately 100 licences. However, a country charity representing more than 40,000 people has signalled its opposition.
However, some experts have asserted that tremors naturally occur at this level and with such a minimum intensity that it is almost impossible to feel above the ground. In fact, the Royal Society says tremors up to magnitude 2 are not likely to be felt above ground. Under current regulations, drilling must stop if it triggers tremors of 0.5 or more on the Richter scale.
The Country Side Charity (CPRE) has warned that this would cause “fury off the Richter scale,” but Mr Rees-Mogg feels the 0.5 limit is “too low” and “will be reviewed to see a proportionate level.”
The following was said in an editorial article for the Telegraph: “More seismic than the fracturing of the countryside and the damage to rural homes will be the monumental backlash. The fury of local communities will be off the Richter scale.”
Additionally, this follows the revelation that there may be a limited “ability to forecast drilling-linked earthquakes” in a leaked government paper.
According to reports, the Geological Survey’s (BGS) study, which was delayed due to Queen Elizabeth II’s passing and is scheduled for publication in full on Thursday, would contend that reducing the danger of earthquakes while mining shale gas is still a “scientific challenge.”
According to the leaked report, there are still “There are “significant existing knowledge gaps,” with concerns such as establishing whether possible new fracking sites can withstand earthquakes of magnitude 3.0, but Mr Rees Mogg remains persuaded that the 0.5 limit is too low.
He told BBC Newsnight: “The seismic limits will be reviewed to see a proportionate level. At 0.5 on the Richter scale, which is only noticeable with sophisticated machinery, it’s quite right-the fracking would not take place. That level is too low.”
A government official said, “Making the most of our own gas resources makes us less dependent on imports and helps maintain the security of the UK’s energy supply in both the short and long-term.” “Drawing on lessons from around the world, we will make sure it is done as safely as possible and where there is local support.”
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