Committee pours oil on shale gas’s troubled waters

MPs have rejected a ban on UK shale gas exploitation. The government should instead actively encourage it, they say

Cuadrilla site, near BlackpoolThe House of Commons energy and climate change committee favours exploiting the UK’s shale gas reserves. It accepted advice from the industry and regulators that fears over the resource are largely overblown.

The committee’s report, published on 24 May, explicitly rejects calls for a ban on hydraulic fracturing. ‘Fracking’ is used to extract natural gas from shale rock. It has been used globally for hydrocarbon extraction for almost two centuries.

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