The UK is importing from halfway round the world what could be produced by its own workforce within the country.
A tanker docking in the UK is transporting a controversial cargo of gas from the Peruvian Amazon, says BBC News. It is thought to be the first shipment to the UK from the Camisea project in rainforest 60 miles from Machu Picchu.
Supporters of fracking say the UK should frack its own gas, rather than importing from sensitive regions like the Amazon. But opponents of fracking say the practice creates disturbance and pollution and fuels climate change.
The tanker Gallina, owned by Shell, is scheduled to arrive at the Isle of Grain in Kent. The gas project at Camisea field has been hugely contentious.
A report by the human rights organisation Survival International blamed developers for bringing diseases which killed people from previously uncontacted tribes. They were later praised for minimising environmental damage and for boosting the economy of Peru. But the same report said indigenous people had not shared the gains.
Nick Grealy, a shale gas proponent, told BBC News: “Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace oppose fracking – but surely they would be appalled to be getting gas from the Amazon? I share their concern about climate change, but environmentalists are scoring own goals with this one.”
Friends of the Earth replied: “We think we should leave our gas in the ground and Peru should leave its gas in the ground.”
Shell declined to comment on the Peruvian shipment.