UK MPs back shale gas

13th May 2013


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MPs on the energy and climate change committee believe shale gas production in the UK could enhance energy security and boost tax revenues

However, in a new report, the committee warns that a shale gas revolution in the UK similar to that in the US, where hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to extract gas has sent gas prices plummeting, is unlikely.

The US industry has benefited from federal subsidies, a favourable regulatory regime, low population density and mineral rights for landowners, says the report, adding that the scenario for shale gas drilling in the UK is very different.

The MPs also warn that, if a substantial shale gas industry emerges it could put at risk the UK’s statutory climate change targets.

Meanwhile, Cuadrilla, the only shale gas company operating in the UK, has been criticised by the advertising watchdog for claiming that it uses “proven, safe technologies”.

The Advertising Standards Authority adjudicated on 18 claims made in a Cuadrilla leaflet, and demanded qualifications to seven of them.


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