Green energy plant could be UK’s alternative to fracking

Green gas produced from grass may be less expensive and cleaner than hydraulic fracturing. According to green energy company Ecotricity, a plant that will use an anaerobic digestion system that turns grass into fuel, could be the UK’s cleaner and cheaper answer to fracking, an oil and gas mining process which renewable energy supporters say is not only slow to roll out, but also produces a substantial carbon footprint. Green Gas Mills will be carbon neutral, financially assist local famers and power thousands of homes. Dale Vince, the founder of…

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New report warns fracking may be as hazardous as asbestos

Hydraulic fracturing could have delayed adverse affects on society. Fracking continues to become more controversial around the world and it is not only environmentalists who are worried about the negative effects this oil and gas extraction process will have on people and the environment, because according to a recent report from the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Mark Walport, hydraulic fracturing carries potential risks that could be as damaging as tobacco, thalidomide and asbestos. Technological advances and innovation need to be assessed fully before they are approved. Fracking for shale…

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Fracking companies in UK allowed to drill without public consent

The United Kingdom plans to grant underground access to gas and oil companies. In spite of public opposition, it is the intention of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to allow fracking drilling to occur under people’s land without their consent, which would give companies permission to drill at depths of 300 meters or lower under private land, without them having to ask for the right to access the area. Nearly 100% of respondents objected the proposal. During a consultation on the proposal, 99% of 40,647 respondents were…

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Fracking industry in the UK may soon have tighter regulations

Not everyone in the UK believes that hydraulic fracturing is safe. According to the Labour party, fracking rules in regard to drilling for natural gas are not strict enough and the party intends to try to make these regulations stronger by formally presenting a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill. Public concern about drilling for shale gas has lead to several protests. There are adequate safeguards in place for fracking for shale gas that meet voluntary agreements or current rules, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change…

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Fracking could create thousands of jobs in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas reserves could lead to billions of investments in the UK. An Ernst & Young study that was commissioned by the United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), which represents Britain’s onshore gas and oil industry, estimates that the extraction of shale gas via fracking in the UK could lead to the creation of 64,000 jobs and £33 billion (roughly $55 billion) worth of investments. Shale gas resources are believed to be abundant in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that in northern UK, there is approximately…

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UK residents prefer wind energy farms to fracking sites

New research reveals lack of support for fracking in the UK. Recent YouGov research concerning the British public’s opinion regarding onshore wind energy, found that 62 percent of people in Great Britain would far rather reside near a wind farm compared to the 19 percent that would prefer to live near a site where fracking occurs. The British government has been accused of contradicting its own research. Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity, a leading green energy supplier in Britain that commissioned the YouGov research, has blamed the government for…

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