Ed Davey: Commercial fracking still years away

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.

– ed davey, energy secretary