Greenpeace survey shows most people are in favour of UK fracking


Onshore shale gas drilling
Onshore shale gas drilling

Last month, a Com Res survey sponsored by Greenpeace asked 2,035 British adults about their views on fracking, the results of which have been published.

The Com Res survey shows 42% of British people support fracking for natural gas, whilst 35% oppose it.

Com Res Question

Fracking is a process by which natural gas is extracted for energy production from underground by drilling a hole, creating a tiny explosion to fracture the rock and then injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to allow gas to be released.To what extent would you support or oppose energy companies fracking for natural gas in Britain?


SUPPORT (%)  42%
OPPOSE (%)  35%
DON’T KNOW (%)  23%

 *sample size 2,035 adults

 INEOS – which operates the Grangemouth petro-chem refinery and which also acquired UK government licences to explore for shale gas in North Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire and Fife – welcomed the Greenpeace results which clearly show that the UK public is increasingly supportive of Shale gas exploration in the UK.

Tom Crotty, Director, INEOS
Tom Crotty

Tom Crotty, INEOS Director, said: We welcome these survey results. It clearly shows that more and more people are seeing the potentially huge benefits of UK produced shale gas.

“UK shale gas is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we cannot afford to miss. North Sea oil created great wealth for the UK and shale gas can do the same. It will help secure manufacturing, deliver investment and create thousands of jobs.

“INEOS will continue with our community engagement programme, aiming to speak directly to as many people as possible about this important issue and dispel as many of the untruths and the myths about shale gas production as possible.”

UKOOG – the onshore oil and gas association – also welcome the poll by ComRes on behalf of Greenpeace.

Ken Cronin, UKOOG Chief Executive, said: “This poll – ironically commissioned by people who oppose fracking – shows that when presented with the real facts about the safety and low environmental impact of shale gas operations, British people will support onshore oil and gas exploration.”

“The poll also shows that 57% people say that a candidate’s support for fracking either makes them more like to vote in their favour or no difference. Greenpeace’s own facts simple do not support their rhetoric on fracking.”

UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry, including exploration, production and storage. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level.

INEOS is acquiring a 100% interest in the shale gas licence at Grangemouth and has a further 50% interest in a second Scottish shale gas licence.

INEOS is acquiring at least a 50% interest in seven I-Gas Shale gas licences in North West England along with the option to acquire a 20% interest in two further I-Gas shale gas licences in the East Midlands.

When these deals are completed, INEOS will move up to third place in terms of UK onshore oil and gas licences, giving it access to 242,583 acres of potential shale gas reserves.  

INEOS is also investing £400 million in shipping in tankerloads of US shale gas to Scotland.

ComRes interviewed 2,035 British adults online between 20- 22 March 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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