The UK government have been warned by environmental group WWF that the country should not open up it’s doors to drilling for shale gas if it is to tackle climate change.
The fracking process extracts gas from shale rock layers deep in the ground by injecting high pressure water and chemicals.
Jenny Banks, Climate and Energy Specialist at WWF-UK said: “Tackling climate change means at least two thirds of the world’s fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground. The UK Government should draw a line and leave shale gas and other unconventional fossil fuels in the ground rather than opening up half the country for drilling.”The suggestion of WWF is the UK government should invest in renewables to boost energy security.
The Friends of the Earth claim that the benefits of fracking for shale gas have been “seriously overblown” and welcome the decision to tighten safeguards by only allowing drilling in National Parks in exceptional circumstances.
UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) Chief Executive Ken Cronin said: “This new licencing round is all about focusing on the extraction of gas and oil at commercial rates in order to replace the UK’s growing dependency on imports and help balance the decline of the North Sea. Developing our domestic shale gas and oil reserves will help to secure Britain’s energy supply, create jobs and generate tax revenues.”