David Cameron pushes for fracking to lessen reliance on Russian oil
‘David Cameron insisted that fracking would start this year as he argued that Britain was obliged because of the Ukraine crisis to press ahead with plans to drill for shale gas.
The emergency triggered by the annexation of Crimea should be a “wake-up call” over the need for Europe to become less reliant on Russian gas supplies, he said.
But environmental groups accused the Prime Minister of exploiting the emergency to press ahead with the controversial technique.
Mr Cameron forecast that some shale gas wells would be “up and running” by the end of this year and insisted that enthusiasm for fracking as an alternative energy source would grow once it had begun.’
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