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Cameron urges support for shale gas

David Cameron has made the case for Britain supporting fracking in a recent article featured in The Telegraph.

The prime minister asserted that safe fracking will cut energy bills and create wealth without ruining the countryside.

Mr Cameron wrote: “If we don’t back this technology, we will miss a massive opportunity to help families with their bills and make our country more competitive. Without it, we could lose ground in the tough global race.”

According to Mr Cameron, fracking has the potential to drive down energy bills. He insists that the government will not be turning its back on low-carbon energy but is instead branching out to secure other sources.

Looking at the situation in America, Mr Cameron suggested that Britain should tap into fracking wells to not only drive down energy bills but to also create new jobs and give back to the communities where shale gas exists.

He said: “Companies have agreed to pay £100,000 to every community situated near an exploratory well where they’re looking to see if shale gas exists.

“If gas is then extracted, 1 per cent of the revenue – perhaps as much as £10m – will go straight back to residents who live nearby.

“This is money that could be used for a variety of purposes – from reductions in council-tax bills to investment in neighbourhood schools. It’s important that local people share in the wealth generated by fracking.”

Meanwhile The Guardian has reported two more arrests at an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.

The pair – a man and a woman – had glued themselves together at the gates of the site in an attempt to prevent machinery from being brought through the gates. Sussex police said the pair had been arrested under section 241 of the Trade Union Labour Relations Act.

It brought to 25 the total number of arrests at the site since last week. Police said there were 75 officers at the site on Wednesday.

The energy company Cuadrilla plans to drill a vertical and perhaps a further horizontal oil well at the site in the hope of releasing oil from the shale rocks under the surface. It has said it does not intend to use hydraulic fracturing but may resort to the method if the oil is not otherwise accessible.

The company is in possession of the permits from the Environment Agency needed for exploratory drilling.

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