Ed Davey: UK regulation of fracking stronger that in US

The MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys Paul Maynard asked the Energy Secretary to explain how the UK's regulation of fracking will prevent some the repercussions seen in the US.

There have been reports of earthquakes and contaminated water sources in several US states where fracking takes place.

The regulations that we already have in the United Kingdom are much stronger than they are in many states in the USA where they have been fracking for gas for years ...

We already have a strong regulatory regime but in looking at this issue we are clear that if we go towards commercial development ... we will keep that regulatory regime under review and tighten it and strengthen it if necessary.

– ed davey, energy secretary