What is Fracking?

Fracking is a process that’s used to extract natural gas from shale rock deep underneath the ground. The gas is stored within shale rock within some parts of Britain and is recovered by drilling down into the earth and using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and a small amount of chemicals, to fracture the rocks and release the gas inside.

The British Geological Survey estimates there may be up to 1,300 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of shale gas present in the north of England. To put this into context, the UK currently uses around 3TCF of gas a year.

The Prime Minister has given his full backing to the development of shale gas and offered local councils extra tax revenue to support it in their regions. He argues that it could bring thousands of new jobs to the UK and that it will only go ahead with the strongest of environmental controls.

Centrica is investing heavily and on 13 June 2013, signed an agreement with Cuadrilla Resources to acquire 25% of their exploration licence for the Bowland shale in Lancashire, North West England.

What would fracking mean to the UK energy market?

Gas is very important to UK businesses. In fact, a lot of gas is used to produce electricity. There is a huge amount of gas stored within the UK which could be easily collected. In North America, shale gas has meant that they have gas security for the next 100 years. A new source of UK gas could reduce our reliance on imports.

The next steps are for exploration wells to be drilled and large scale tests to begin so that we can understand how much of the gas under our feet could be extracted.

Fracking is a process that’s used to extract natural gas from shale rock deep underneath the ground. The gas is stored within shale rock within some parts of Britain and is recovered by drilling down into the earth and using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and a small amount of chemicals, to fracture the rocks and release the gas inside.

The British Geological Survey estimates there may be up to 1,300 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of shale gas present in the north of England. To put this into context, the UK currently uses around 3TCF of gas a year.

The Prime Minister has given his full backing to the development of shale gas and offered local councils extra tax revenue to support it in their regions. He argues that it could bring thousands of new jobs to the UK and that it will only go ahead with the strongest of environmental controls.

Centrica is investing heavily and on 13 June 2013, signed an agreement with Cuadrilla Resources to acquire 25% of their exploration licence for the Bowland shale in Lancashire, North West England.

What would fracking mean to the UK energy market?

Gas is very important to UK businesses. In fact, a lot of gas is used to produce electricity. There is a huge amount of gas stored within the UK which could be easily collected. In North America, shale gas has meant that they have gas security for the next 100 years. A new source of UK gas could reduce our reliance on imports.

The next steps are for exploration wells to be drilled and large scale tests to begin so that we can understand how much of the gas under our feet could be extracted.

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