Info from this article taken from Frack Free South Yorkshire
In an article from today’s Retford Times, IGas say that 64,000 jobs could be created. Lets just drill down a little deeper, and see if the job figures are likely to stack up. This figure is quoted from a Ernest and Young report published in April of this year. See below for extract.
So the first thing to notice is that this report is quoting another report, the Institute of Directors report was published back in May 2013.
The second thing to note is that the figure quoted is the the highest of the two scenarios (an imagined or projected sequence of events), not the lowest or the median, but the highest. Of the 64,500 jobs only 6,100 will be directly employed within the industry.
So who commissioned this report in the first place? An organisation called UKOOG.
UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage. “No bias in any way then.”
Note well the disclaimers in the extract above, especially this wonderful line ‘ It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise for professional judgement’
An alternative figure of about a third of that level has been put forward by AMEC, the engineering consultancy that is advising Decc, the energy department.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the shale gas industry predicted that most of the jobs in question were still more than a decade away from being created. AMEC predicted at a private meeting at the Decc offices in Whitehall that 15,900 to 24,300 full-time equivalent jobs – direct and indirect – would be created at “peak construction” by the shale gas industry.
The company told people at the event on September 26th that the jobs would typically be short term, at between four and nine years. (link to article)
So moving on to the Institute of Directors report that the Ernest and Young report quotes. Quite amazingly it was paid for by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. Cuadrilla just happen to be one of the biggest players in the industry.
So the more you look the more you start to see that we might not be dealing with honest brokers here. Our friends over at Refraction have dug a little deeper into the figures, and its a proper ‘Buggers Muddle’.
And more on this Daily Mail article