The U.K is set to begin, the bidding process today, for the next set onshore oil and gas exploration licenses, including shale gas, a solution is viewed as a less expensive and more secure energy source. The details for the bidding are yet to be set out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Although, it has been comfirmed that a large portion of the U.K. will be open for bidding offers, however the regions thought to be shale gas prospects are more diminutive, and are as of now half-secured by licenses.
“Shale gas in Britain has the potential to provide us with greater energy security, jobs and growth,” Business and Energy Minister Matt Hancock said in an e-mailed statement. “We must act carefully, minimizing risks, to explore how much of our large resource can be recovered to give the U.K. a new home-grown source of energy.”
UK government is putting forth tax reductions to drillers, and has vowed to simplify planning regulations in order to permit organizations to start shale extraction at a speedier pace. A region in northern England known as the Bowland basin may hold 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas, enough to supply the nation for a century, regardless of the possibility that only 10 percent is extorted. Officials believe that fracking will make a real commitment to the country's future energy prerequisites and are resolved to see it proceed notwithstanding the gigantic challenges it frequently incites.
The government is hoping to calm environmentalist fears, and has hence; drawn the guidelines for energy companies wanting to frack in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage sites, National Parks, or on the Norfolk Broads. The applications will be reviewed by Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. “It is clear that applications should be refused in these areas other than in exceptional circumstances and in the public interest,” reads the announcement that came along with the guidelines posted online.
The Business and Energy Secretary, Matthew Hancock, who is will inaugurate the bidding process today, guaranteed that the Government's direction is solid enough to secure landscapes from industrial damage. He states, “Unlocking shale gas in Britain has the potential to provide us with greater energy security, jobs and growth. We must act carefully, minimising risks, to explore how much of our large resource can be recovered to give the UK a new home-grown source of energy. As one of the cleanest fossil fuels, shale gas can be a key part of the UK’s answer to climate change and a bridge to a much greener future.”
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Communities minister accountable for protecting regions of outstanding beauty, included: “We recognize there are areas of outstanding landscape and scenic beauty where the environmental and heritage qualities need to be carefully balanced against the benefits of oil and gas from unconventional hydrocarbons.”
Against the possibility of lower energy costs, government ministers must consider the disagreeability of shale extraction. Hydraulic cracking, which pumps water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to release fuel trapped in underground shale rock, may cause water deficiencies in parts of the nation and leading to a drop in house prices, as per a report not long from now by Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.