UK Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom MP visited Cheshire yesterday to see what a potential fracking site would look like.
Her visit to IGas Energy’s site at Doe Green in Warrington coincided with the release of three government videos, which provides information about shale gas, hydraulic fracturing and how the industry would be regulated.
DECC expects investment in shale gas to reach £33 billion and support 64,000 jobs in the oil, gas, construction, engineering and chemical sectors.
Ms 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.”
Earlier this year petrochemicals giant INEOS completed a deal to operate a number of shale gas licences held by IGas.
Last month the Shale Gas Task Force said the UK will need tougher rules to ensure the shale gas exploration process has minimum health and environmental impacts.