Bit of a missed opportunity there:
Soaring gas prices have forced two industrial sites in the north of England to close as fears grow of a winter energy crisis.
CF Industries, a fertiliser manufacturer, said that it was halting operations at its plants at Billingham in Teesside and Ince in Cheshire “due to high natural gas prices”. The company could not say when production would resume.
The two sites, which employ about 600 people, produce roughly 40 per cent of the UK’s fertiliser needs. Officials in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, the government’s crisis planning unit, were believed to be meeting yesterday to discuss the impact on fertiliser supplies to farmers.
Given the costs of exporting natural gas – it’s entirely possible but it’s not wholly and exactly cheap to do so – we would have had, if we had fracked, significantly lower gas prices domestically than currently apply across Europe.
How grateful we should all be for Princess Nut Nut’s fears of earthquakes, eh?