Fracking backed by majority of Britons, new survey finds

Extracting natural gas through fracking enjoys widespread support, according to a trade body representing the UK oil and gas industry.

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Independent polls show 'less than half back fracking'

Greenpeace has called a new survey into fracking "smoke and mirrors", after it found that the majority of Britons backed the controversial production. A spokesman said:

Surely it's no coincidence that the only survey out there showing this level of public support for fracking has been commissioned by the industry lobby. All independent polls show less than half of Britain backs shale drilling.

– Greenpeace

Fracking 'to lessen dependency' on foreign suppliers

Britons would like to see a balanced mix of shale gas and renewable energy, the chief executive of a trade body has said, after a survey found that a "majority" supported fracking.

This survey shows that most people across the country think that shale gas should be developed. More than four out of five of us heat our homes with gas, and Britain's shale resource gives us the opportunity to become less dependent on foreign energy supplies, create tens of thousands of jobs and support our manufacturing industries.

Whilst these results are positive, our industry needs to continue to do all it can to listen to and engage with the views of local communities.

– Ken Cronin, UK Onshore Oil and Gas

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Majority of Britons 'in favour of fracking'

Natural gas production from shale enjoys widespread backing across the country, with more than three times as many supporting production as opposing, according to a new survey.

Test site for fracking at Barton Moss, Manchester Credit: PA

The findings, which give a boost to controversial proposals for commercial fracking, come from a survey by Populus of 4,000 adults, commissioned by UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the trade association representing the UK's onshore oil and gas industry.

The study found that 57% of people support the production of natural gas from shale in the UK, compared with 16% who oppose and 27% who are undecided.

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