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Response To Claims Shale Gas Reserves Are 'Hyped'

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

Rather than speculating how big Britain's shale gas reserves might be, the sensible course of action is for government to give the go-ahead to sufficient exploratory wells to establish exactly how much gas is there, says GMB.

Gas workers union GMB has today called for government to give the go-ahead to more exploratory wells so that an informed, facts based debate can take place after an academic today warned that the potential for fracking in the UK had been “hyped”.

The call comes after Professor John Underhill from Heriot-Watt University told the BBC the government would be wise to formulate a Plan B to fracking for future gas supplies [1].

GMB says that rather than speculating how large Britain's shale gas reserves might be, the sensible course of action would be for government to give the go-ahead to sufficient exploratory wells to establish exactly how much gas is present.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary said:

"Rather than speculating how big Britain's shale gas reserves might be, the sensible course of action is for government to give the go-ahead to sufficient exploratory wells to establish exactly how much gas is there and allow the country to have an informed debate.

"With 85% of UK homes heated by gas, and around half of our electricity produced from gas fired plants, the question is not whether we need gas for decades to come but rather where that gas will come from. Britain is already importing hydraulically fracked shale gas from the US and the attraction of our own cheap gas to heat homes and power our industries is obvious.

"Rather than importing ever increasing quantities of foreign gas, many of it from regimes with appalling human rights records, government should stop dragging its feet and authorise the necessary exploratory wells to allow an informed public debate, with the facts, about this potential energy self-sufficiency.".

ENDS

Contact: Stuart Fegan on 07912 890434, or Justin Bowden on 07710 631351, or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40955249

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