The Scottish Energy Association has welcomed today’s publication from the UK Task Force on Shale Gas, which reports that shale gas can be produced safely and usefully in the UK, and can help the UK with the transition to a renewable economy, provided the strictest environmental standards are in place.
The Task Force also recommends that exploratory drilling should go ahead as soon as possible, in order to establish clearly how much gas is available and what sort of industry might be possible.
The report found that, provided the highest regulatory and industry standards, there is no more risk to the public from fracking than other comparable industries.
Hector Grant, Chief Executive of the Scottish Energy Association, (pictured, above) commented: “The final report from the Task Force on Shale Gas shows that we can control the gas supply chain ensuring that the highest standards of safety and production are achieved through regulation and transparency.
“To be able to source gas from the UK reduces our reliance on imports and allows the UK to replace coal generation with gas thus achieving the CO2 targets required to meet obligations from the Paris COP21 summit.
“This medium term supply solution will therefore give the time needed to develop commercially viable green solutions that can be used to meet our energy needs and obligations over the coming years.”
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