Why look for alternatives to energy sources that you know will run out when people can make a lot of money out of it before it does? And now the EU has ensured that franking will be safe, we can all celebrate
We got wind of the EU’s insistence on tough safety standards for fracking across the UK and Europe from South West MEP Graham Watson. And just in the nick of time, the controversial technique has been proposed for a site in Keynsham, near Bristol.
Apparently, Euro-MPs voting in Strasbourg insisted that shale gas developers should carry out a full environmental impact assessment before any fracking takes place.
Graham said: “Processes like ‘fracking’ are a concern to many people, especially when it could take place near their homes. The proposed updates to European legislation reflect greater use of these kind of techniques.
“The vote in the European Parliament is a step in the right direction. It should ensure that rigorous assessments are made regarding the environmental impact of any future fracking projects.”
Here comes the legislation part:
Current legislation covers natural gas projects that extract at least 500,000 cubic metres each day. Many shale gas projects yield less, due to the rock fracturing process, and hence are not subject to an impact assessment requirement. MEPs want this requirement to be mandatory, whatever the quantity extracted, for all exploration and exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbons (shale gas and oil, coal gas, etc.), including shale gas projects, for the phase in which the hydraulic fracturing technique is used.