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UK Fracking Debate Desperately Needed As New Shale Gas Site Given Nod In Former Cold War Missile Silo, Says GMB?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Union calls for urgent and meaningful discussion to keep Britain's lights on.

The future of fracking in the UK desperately needs examination as a new shale gas site is given the green light, says GMB.

Nottinghamshire Council has approved an exploratory licence for IGas Energy to drill a well at a former Cold War missile base.

Their decision highlights the urgent need for an open and honest debate about how to keep Britain's lights on.

GMB welcomes the move as an opportunity to evaluate whether fracking offers a safe and commercially viable future for the UK energy industry.

Stuart Fegan, National Officer GMB, said:

"GMB has debated our position on shale gas extraction through our democratic structures laid down by our congress.

"The Nottinghamshire license is the latest to be granted in the UK for companies to see if shale can be extracted in a safe, and commercially viable basis.

"It underlines the need for a serious and meaningful discussion on how shale gas could support the UK's short and medium term energy needs."

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more information contact the GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Nottinghamshire site go ahead reported here: http://utilityweek.co.uk/news/Nottinghamshire-Council-gives-the-go-ahead-to-shale-gas-drilling/1288182?utm_source=Utility+Week+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2153d33281-UW_Daily_news_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4b3e4ed9dc-2153d33281-101147997#.WCwKoHRFDqA

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