The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mr Davey, stated in Parliament in December 2012, that he was in principle prepared to consent to new fracking proposals for shale gas, where all other necessary permissions and consents were in place. He made that statement having carefully reviewed the evidence with the aid of independent experts, and with the aid of an authoritative review of the scientific and engineering evidence on shale gas extraction conducted by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. Appropriate controls are available to mitigate the risks of undesirable seismic activity. These controls will be required by the Department for all future shale gas wells.
The Environment Agency has also set out what it expects to see from operators before it will allow any exploration for oil or gas. This can be found in its draft technical guidance for onshore oil and gas exploratory operations, which is out for consultation until