The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Andrea Leadsom visited the IGas site at Doe Green, Warrington, to see what a potential hydraulic fracturing site would look like.
The visit coincided with the release of three videos by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to provide more information to people about shale gas, hydraulic fracturing and how it would be regulated.
Leadsom said: “Home-grown shale gas can help secure our energy supplies. By 2025 we’ll be importing over half the oil and gas we use – shale is vital to reducing our reliance on imports.
“Today we have launched three informative and engaging online films to give people the information they need to know about the potential shale industry which I hope will go a long way to informing debate”
The government has said that shale can provide a cost-efficient bridge to lower-carbon energy use, and would be especially significant as we move away from coal generation. Exploring for shale will also help create jobs and grow local economies. Investment in shale could reach £33 billion and support 64,000 jobs in the oil, gas, construction, engineering and chemical sectors.
See the three videos below:
Shale and Safety: get the fracking facts right from the Royal Society of Edinburgh – http://goo.gl/BMO6Xp