Sammy Wilson MP for East Antrim has pledged his support to INEOS Shale during its lobby of Parliament to secure support for fracking across the UK.
Sammy Wilson said that despite the claims of the green lobby that we should leave our oil, gas and coal reserves in the ground the fact remains that fossil fuel and especially gas are the lifeblood of our economy providing the raw material for everything from pharmaceutics to paints and plastic, fuel for industry, heat and light for our homes, jobs for hundreds of thousands of workers and billions of pounds for tax revenue.
INEOS are now importing gas in ships from the USA where fracking has reduced the price and supply of gas enormously. It is madness that to meet our needs for energy we are forced to bring it in from abroad when we have hundreds of years supply underneath the ground in N.I. and across the UK. Only the twisted logic of the environmental luddites could argue that this is a good thing. Apart from the fact that it means we forgo jobs and tax revenue by not extracting our own gas the fuel burnt to bring the gas across thousands of miles of ocean leads to greater CO2 emissions which according to the “greens” damages the earth.
I would welcome the drilling for gas across N.I. It is ironic that many of the politicians who have opposed fracking applications also complain about the cost of fuel, the increase in fuel poverty and the loss of jobs as firms flee the high energy costs brought about by greater reliance on wind power.
Fracking has proved to be a safe technology. The extraction of the gas from four to five miles below the surface of the earth is less intrusive on the countryside that the 400foot monstrosities erected to generate electricity from the wind. Energy generated from gas is less costly and more reliable and it is time that this technology was embraced by all who have the interests of our young people who need jobs and our economy which we must grow. I welcome the support which the Conservative party has given to granting fracking applications we in N.I. must open our eyes to the opportunities.