Fracking must not come at 'expense of local communities'

Speaking to reporters in Blackburn, Lancashire, the Energy Secretary said:

Shale gas represents a promising new potential energy resource for the UK ...

My decision is based on the evidence. It comes after detailed study of the latest scientific research available and advice from leading experts in the field.

We are still in the very early stages of shale gas exploration in the UK and it is likely to develop slowly.

It is essential that its development should not come at the expense of local communities or the environment.

Fracking must be safe and the public must be confident that it is safe.

– ed davey, energy secretary