What government told the shale gas industry about success, regulation, jobs and support

Several shale gas wells in production would be seen as success by the government, according to recently released notes of a round-table meeting between the energy minister and the industry.      Once the first well was in production, the notes said, the government believed “we will be in a better position”. And according to the notes, ministers intended to streamline regulation for shale gas and create a “UK model” for shale extraction that can be exported around the world.

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Energy minister contradicts herself

Energy minister Claire Perry has been accused of making a “muddled” case for fracking in the UK,  Ms Perry spoke out in support of the controversial fossil fuel technology, claiming shale gas extraction was needed to ensure the country is not dependent on gas from Russia.  However, this appears to contradict previous statements she made, which saw her claim that Britain was “in no way reliant” on Russian gas.

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Blackpool hit by 4 earthquakes

Blackpool has been hit by four earthquakes just days after the controversial practice of fracking began again in the area. The latest quake hit this afternoon at levels where scientists say the process should ‘proceed with caution.’ Fracking was stopped for years after two earthquakes in Lancashire and experts have now raised fears that ‘there may be trouble ahead.’

 

 

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