A report is currently being studied by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) regarding a number of small earthquakes in Lancashire linked to shale gas extraction.
The finding are expected in the next few weeks and drilling companies are hoping it will give ‘fracking’ (the term used to describe the process) a clean bill of health.
This will allow them to resume operations and open up new plants, a process that they say will bring jobs and cheap energy to Britain for several decades.
According to The Guardian, one industry estimate suggests that shale gas reserves in Lancashire alone could deliver £6bn of gas a year for the next three decades
“Britain became a net importer of gas recently,” said a spokesman for Cuadrilla, one of the big drilling companies working here. “Our North Sea reserves are dwindling and we are becoming more reliant on supplies from countries such as Russia. Shale gas could restore our independence and create thousands of jobs.”
“They’re mad,” said Rosie Rechter, director of the environmental campaign group Deal With It, a group specifically opposed to proposals by Kent Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd to build a fracking plant at Woodnesborough in Kent.
“I cannot see there will be many jobs in fracking. Indeed, I think it will take away a lot of jobs that exist here already, particularly those in green tourism and golf clubs. People are not going to want to visit an industrial landscape.”