Chris Huhne: UK May Have to Export Fracking Gas to Rest of Europe
From The Telegraph
By Rhiannon Williams
Mr Huhne said that under European competition laws the UK may be forced to share the gas with other countries.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has predicted gas prices in the UK could fall by as much as a quarter if the UK begins to exploit its natural reserves.
But when asked by John Humphrys on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme if the UK would be forced to export the gas, Huhne said that some would be used in the UK, but trade guidelines would make exportation likely.
He said it was not a question of having to export the gas, as it “would certainly get used here”, but said the UK was “linked in to world gas price much more than the Americans are” due to the already established pipelines and terminals.
The controversial practice of gas extraction involving pumping water into drill sites to force gas out of rock has sparked anti-fracking protests across the country in recent months.
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