A Welsh MP has criticised the level of gas exports the government has authorised from UK energy suppliers, reports WalesOnline.co.uk.
Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said that the amount of gas being exported to the continent was a concern given the UK's lack of gas storage facilities.
He said that many consumers could be concerned about the fact that so much UK gas - up to 85 per cent of the North Sea's Rough reserve for example - is earmarked for potential export.
According to the website, Mr Crabb told Westminster Hall: "There is an unquestionable economic loss to the UK as our own domestic oil and gas production declines, which is significant."
Mr Crabb added that the UK needs to ensure it had a range of reliable energy sources for the future and that it should be wary of exporting too much.
The recent gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine in January highlighted the issue of energy security when many eastern European countries suffered a supply reduction as a result of Ukraine being cut off.
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