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The Truth About Fracking: An Investor's View
Last summer, a small team of scientists in the North West of England unveiled a very startling discovery.
Something which, according to many experts, has the potential to be incredibly lucrative for Britain. In fact, the latest figures suggest it could be worth anything between £1 trillion and £9.5 trillion.
To put that into context, that's enough to give every man, woman and child in Britain £16,000.
But there's a problem – one that absolutely everyone needs to know about.
Despite the fact it could make our nation rich again, this energy breakthrough won't be celebrated up and down the country. Because it comes hand in hand with a very, very controversial issue… one that's already caused fierce division, debates in parliament and mass protests.
Yet the sheer scale of what's been found means this cannot be ignored. And it's going to trigger some profound changes to Britain. That means it's essential you understand how this issue will affect you… and decide which side you feel it's right for you to support.
The Fleet Street Letter have gone to great lengths to show you the real story behind this monumental opportunity.
We have just finished creating a thought-provoking new video, we believe is essential viewing for anyone considering taking advantage of this huge energy opportunity on our doorstep.
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British Geological Society estimate there could be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas beneath the Blackpool rock in the Bowland Basin – The Guardian, Fracking: energy futures, The discovery of huge reserves of shale gas may signal an energy revolution in Britain – but no one should count on it, 27 June 2013
The UK could be sitting on £1 trillion and £9.5 trillion worth of natural gas – Calculations based on estimates of UK shale reserves (1,300 tcf of gas), and current natural gas prices ($16.46 per 1000 cubic ft of gas)
Corin Taylor believes fracking shale gas could create 'a new North Sea' for Britain – Interactive Investor, Is the UK set for a shale gas revolution? 30 July 2013
Industrial Revolution – BBC, Why the Industrial Revolution happened in Britain, 14 January 2013
Cabot share price went up 1,357% over the last decade – Bloomberg terminal - 10/11/2013 - 7/11/2013
British Geological Society estimate there is between 862 and 2,281 trillion cubic feet of gas buried under Lancashire – The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), Britain holds biggest shale basin in the world, 27 June 2013
Marcellus Share is estimated to have 500 tcf of shale gas – Geology.com, Marcellus Shale - Appalachian basin natural gas play
Britain has an estimated 247 barrels of oil – 1,300 tcf x 0.19 million barrels oil equivalent
In 2012 coal accounted 40% of electricity generated in the UK – International Energy Agency: Coal
Natural gas emits almost a third less carbon dioxide than oil – NaturalGas.org: Natural Gas and the Environment
Net oil import is forecasted to reach 20% in the mid 2020's – House of Commons Library, Energy imports and exports, 30 August 2013
The UK spend £5.3 billion each year on renewable energy. And shale gas production could add an estimated £6.6 billion a year to the economy – The Guardian, Bowland Shale fracking could reignite UK economy and cut CO2 emissions, 16 July 2013. Department of Energy & Climate Change - Energy Trends: March 2013, special feature articles – Coal in 2012
Robert Jackson's study – NewScientist, Frack on or frack off: Can shale gas save the planet? 8 August 2013
The Department of Energy research – Huffington Post, Pennsylvania fracking study shows chemicals did not contaminate water, 7 September 2013
Public Health England study – Reuters, Shale gas fracking a low risk to public health – UK review, 31 October 2013
David Cameron wrote an open letter about shale gas – The Telegraph, We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas, 11 August 2013
200 fracking wells across the UK over the last 20 years – The Telegraph, The town where 'fracking' is already happening, 10 August 2013
TIME magazine quote – The War over fracking comes to the English countryside, 20 August 2013
Shale gas in the U.S. are generating about $100 billion – The Guardian, Bowland Shale fracking could reignite UK economy and cut CO2 emissions, 16 July 2013
U.S. disposable income – IHS, U.S. unconventional oil and gas revolution to increase disposable income by more than $2,700 per household and boost U.S. trade position by more than $164 billion in 2020, New HIS study says, 4 September 2013
Community benefits in areas where shale is commercially extracted – GOV.UK, Estimates of shale gas resource in North of England published, alongside a package of community benefits, 27 June 2013. BBC, U.K. to cut tax on shale gas production by half, 19 July 2013
More than 170 onshore oil and has licenses have been granted by the energy department – The Telegraph, fracking taxes may be used to pay for cut in energy bills, 6 October 2013
Labour's Shadow Energy Minister Secretary Tom Greatrex said that gas would be "an important part of our energy mix in the future" – BBC, UK shale gas resources 'greater than thought', 27 June 2013
Liberal Democrats Danny Alexander said he believes shale gas "will be a bigger boom than North Sea oil" – The Daily Mail, Shale gas 'will be bigger than boom in North Sea oil': Danny Alexander backs huge expansion in 'fracking' to cut bills, 27 June 2013
UKIP spokesman Roger Helmer called fracking "the greatest new economic opportunity for our country in our lifetimes" – The Guardian, Ukip: anti-fracking 'eco-freaks' will kill economic opportunity, 20 September 2013
The Church holds £8 billion assets – Independent, Church of England brings multi-billion voting clout into play against excessive City bonuses, 19 April 2013
The Church's mineral rights beneath up to 500,000 acres of land – The Telegraph, Church of England in 'fracking land-grab', 15 August 2013
$5 gas is equivalent to $25 - $30 per barrel of crude oil – Reuters, The case against natural gas exports, 19 August 2013
Apache quote – FC Business Intelligence, Natural gas vehicle infrastructure market fact pack 2012
$7,500 - $64,000 tax credit – Seeking Alpha, Guy Conger's Instablog, 15 July 2013
Jeff and Pamela Barnes's story – Kiplingger, Cash in on the natural gas shale boom, November 2011
Shale gas production would add about £6.6 billion a year to the economy – The Guardian, Bowland Shale fracking could reignite UK economy and cut CO2 emissions, 16 July 2013