Brits overwhelmingly give a “thumbs up” to fracking

by Robert Maynard

A technology know as “hydraulic fracking”, which makes it possible for more energy resources to be extrated from a given site, appears to be wildly popular overseas.  Acoording to a Sun online poll, 71% of respondants in Britain support going forward using this procedure to help with their energy issues:

SHALE gas won the overwhelming support of Sun readers yesterday as the answer to the UK’s energy crisis.

A poll we ran found almost three-quarters of you were in favour of mining the massive reserves — using technology known as fracking — which lie under many parts of the country.

Sun readers signalled, “We’re backing fracking” by 71 per cent to 29 per cent after experts estimated there are 1.3 trillion cubic feet of gas lying buried between Blackpool and Scarborough.

It is thought roughly a tenth of that could be accessed — enough to last the UK for over 40 years.

A total of 2,502 votes in our website poll showed 1,776 in favour and 726 against.

Chris Davies, Lib Dem MEP for North West England, said: “I’ve spoken to residents around the exploration sites who have concerns, as people near any industrial development would do.

“But yes, I am supportive subject to the right controls.”

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “Shale gas is a great opportunity for Britain. It could provide secure energy, generate investment and create jobs.”

Here in America, we have developed this technology, but government regulations prevent us from taking full advantage of it.  When enough Americans conclude that we are unneccessarily paying more for our energy thn we need to be, maybe the politicial class will act to remove some of the regulatory hurdles.