People may have seen that the large pipeline from the North Sea’s long-established Forties field had acquired a large crack on land near Aberdeen.
This required it to be shut for urgent repairs. We should be grateful that this rupture was not in the North Sea.
It was a surprise that it was to take some weeks to repair, but evidently it would not reduce fuel for internal consumption in the UK as the route of oil refining via Grangemouth goes elsewhere.
The loss of immediate production was, nevertheless, one cause of a sharp increase in the price of global oil-gas supplies at a time when the UK and Europe were experiencing very cold weather and high fuel demand for heating.
In Paris, a conference on the second anniversary of the Paris Accord on Climate Change was attended by the heads of nations, including Prime Minister Theresa May, to review “where we are now”.
The route to prevention of climate change will require North Sea and all other oil and gas reserves to remain in the ground in as least a time as can be achieved.
The ambitions of North Sea industries for the north east and north banks of the Tyne must be set against the need to stop burning carbon-based fuels, wood and wastes.
President Trump is leading the United States to renege on the Accord. A number of states will not adopt the president’s views and should be admired for their stance.
Also to be admired is the resistance to the UK government’s support of ‘fracking’ for gas.
The contradiction inherent in the government’s support of surface coal mining and fracking in the UK should be apparent, the UK claiming to be a world leader on the need to phase out carbon fuels, irrespective of how relatively cheap such fuels are – for the producers more than users.
Mr A M Johnson