– Francis Egan, Cuadrilla Chief Executive
“The British Geological Survey's new resource estimate for the Bowland
Basin is fantastic news for Lancashire and the UK as a whole. It confirms
the huge natural gas volumes contained within the shale rock in our
exploration licence area. Successful development of this natural gas
resource will, we believe, significantly reduce the country's reliance on
imported coal and gas, create thousands of jobs, generate significant tax
revenues and exert downward pressure on domestic gas prices.
– Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner
"Shale gas is not the solution to the UK's energy challenges. Its potential has been hugely over-hyped and there's little evidence it will drive down fuel prices.
"Extracting shale gas will have a significant effect on local communities and our environment - the more that's extracted, the bigger those impacts will be.
"The North could be at the heart of Britain's green energy and economic transformation, but not by turning it into another 'gaslands'.
– Michael Fallon, Energy Minister
Shale gas could play an important part in our energy mix. The next step is for industry is to establish how much gas is technically and commercially recoverable.
With the package we've announced on planning, environmental regulations and community benefits, its clear that we want to encourage a shale industry that is safe and doesn't damage the environment.
A new study has recommended that "fracking" for shale gas should only take place at least 600 metres down from channels carrying water supplies.
It says the controversial process can cause fractures in the ground that could reach nearby water sources. It's been claimed the flammable methane gas can pollute drinking water.