Fracking could "potentially" be a "remarkable opportunity" for the UK to develop a new industry which would create jobs and deliver greater independence from the global energy market, a leading member of the House of Lords said.
Lord MacGregor, the chairman of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee said:
The Committee strongly supports the Government's decision to go 'all out for shale'.
But here in the UK we have not yet left the starting gate.
Developing a successful shale gas and oil industry in the UK must be an urgent national priority.
Potentially it's a remarkable opportunity for this country.
We're calling for streamlining not weakening the regulation and we believe the Government needs to get its act together faster and more comprehensively.
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