UK shale gas reserves could 'help energy security'

Responding to Ofgem boss Alistair Buchanan's comments, the chief executive of industry trade body Energy UK said the Government should "get on with exploring the options for UK shale gas reserves".

A shale gas rig located at Banks, near Southport, Merseyside.
A shale gas rig located at Banks, near Southport, Merseyside. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Angela Knight stressed it would "help energy security and focus on the affordability of energy to households and the competitiveness of British industry".

Opponents of tapping into shale gas reserves claim it causes pollution and earthquakes, while failing to offer a viable long-term solution to the country's energy needs.

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Rising energy bills warning

Energy bills are set to rise because Britain will become more reliant on energy imports to fill a shortfall in domestic production, the industry watchdog has warned. Ofgem said supplies are on a "rollercoaster" and heading "downhill fast".