Industry reacts to Scotland’s fracking ban

The Scottish Government’s decision to ban fracking is a “blow” to the country. That’s the view of petrochemicals giant INEOS, which believes Scotland will miss out on economic and employment benefits “that will be enjoyed by the rest of the UK”, including an estimated 3,100 Scottish jobs. Tom Pickering, Operations Director at INEOS Shale said: […]

Centrica to close UK’s giant Rough gas storage facility

Centrica has said the giant Rough gas storage facility under the North Sea will be permanently shut. The announcement comes as the site has faced numerous outages and the future of its commercial operations was being assessed. The facility is the largest of its kind in the UK and able to meet around 10% of […]

Scottish Government urged to lift fracking moratorium

The Scottish Government is being urged to lift the moratorium on unconventional oil and gas exploration, including fracking. The call from UKOOG, the industry body representing the onshore oil and gas sector in the UK, comes in response to a government consultation. A website ‘gas4Scotland’ has also been created to explain how gas is used […]

What role could fracking play in the UK?

Fracking has become controversial in the UK. The government announced it will fast-track fracking applications and it has offered 27 new onshore oil and gas licenses including, shale exploration. The process of extracting gas from shale rocks by pumping chemicals and water underneath the ground has supporters and opponents across the country. Corin Taylor, Director […]

Is fracking good or bad?

What is the role of fracking in the UK? ELN reporter Jacqueline Echevarria asks experts and the general public what they think about shale exploration in the country.

UK onshore sector and union agree on shale gas

An agreement to ensure the onshore industry works safely, transparently and in an environmentally responsible way while exploring for shale gas has been set out. GMB union and UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) announced the agreement of a joint charter, which will focus on safety, skills and supply chain development. They aim to ensure […]

Majority of Brits back shale gas finds poll

More than half of Brits (57%) back shale gas and just 16% are opposed according to a new poll released today. A third (27%) of people is undecided on whether UK production should go ahead, it found. The Populus survey of 4,000 adults was commissioned by UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG). Two thirds (67%) […]

‘Leave shale gas in the ground’, UK warned

The UK should “leave shale gas in the ground” rather than opening up the nation for drilling if it is to tackle climate change. That’s the warning from environmental group WWF in response to the UK Government inviting bids for fracking firms to apply for licences to extract shale gas and oil. Fracking, or hydraulic […]

UK looks into skills needed for shale gas sector

A study to find out what skills the UK shale gas industry will need in the coming years was launched by a trade group today. The UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) is partnering with consultancy giant EY to also assess the supply chain and look into the materials and equipment needed to build and operate […]

Fracking ‘won’t risk water supplies with strict regulation’

Shale gas extraction will not put pressure on water resources and environmental risks will be minimised, according to the firm that represents the UK’s water industry. Water UK believes the problems associated with fracking “can be mitigated given proper enforcement of the regulatory framework”. It has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK […]