Get real: it is still early days for shale gas

We do not yet know how much shale gas there is in the UK and how economic its extraction will be. It might be a useful fuel but we must not forget our obligations to decarbonise energy

David SymonsAmid all the furore over shale energy lately, some simple facts have at times been forgotten. 

For one, it’s extremely early days yet and the reality is that we’re still not even sure how much gas there is. At present, neither DECC nor the industry currently have the engineering, geological or cost information to make a meaningful estimate of recoverable reserves. The closest we have come is the British Geological Society (BGS) estimate in 2010 that there could be 5.3 trillion cubic feet of reserves UK wide.

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