UK shale gas fracking to resume
Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey, has announced that exploratory hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas can resume in the UK, subject to new controls that should mitigate the risks of earth tremors.
According to the minister, shale gas represents a promising new potential energy resource for the UK and could contribute significantly to energy security, reducing the UK’s reliance on imported gas.
Mr Davey commented: “We are still in the very early stages of shale gas exploration in the UK and it is likely to develop slowly.
“It is essential that its development should not come at the expense of local communities or the environment.”
Exploratory fracking has been suspended since May 2011 after two small seismic tremors were detected near the country’s only fracking operations in Lancashire.