Shale Gas

Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 24th March 2016.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change 9:30 am, 24th March 2016

Shale gas could become a valuable new industry and it is in the strong interests of the UK to explore its potential. However, we are determined to protect our most valuable spaces, and therefore it is our intention to ban surface-level drilling in the most precious areas, including national parks and sites of special scientific interest. We have also regulated to make sure hydraulic fracturing cannot take place at less than 1,200 metres under protected areas.