In a written statement released before his House of Commons appearance, the Energy Secretary told MPs that any commercial extraction of shale gas was years away:
It will be well into next year before any new exploration work has all the necessary consents to proceed.
Whether any production operations may be proposed will depend on the success of the exploration work but, in any event, this is likely to be some years away yet.
Despite environmental concerns the Government have given the green light for fracking to resume across the UK.
Fracking has cut fuel bills in half in some states in the US, so could the same thing happen here? I got my calculator out.
The process of gas extraction known as 'fracking' has revolutionised the energy market in the US. Could the same thing happen here?