Cheaper Gas means Higher Emissions

A report from Associated Press in the US highlights the danger of cheaper gas leading to the development of new petrochemical processing plants which are likely to result in more emissions and more pollution.

Shale gas is often cited by industry as the clean alternative to coal and as ‘a bridge to renewables’, this in spite of widespread public awareness of the importance of keeping fossil fuel reserves in the ground to avoid runaway climate change. Fugitive emissions of methane from frack sites also undermine the view that fracked gas is clean – given that methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.

The study cited in the AP article from Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project is a further blow to the Fracking industry PR types who would have us believe that shale gas will lead to cheap gas which will lead to a happy energy-secure future for the British people.

Posted on: March 9, 2016