Fracking: Water

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of effect of hydraulic fracturing operations on the economy.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK has potentially significant shale gas reserves, but exploration is necessary to understand whether it will be possible to technically and commercially extract these reserves. The Government is supportive of shale gas exploration to understand the size of the UK opportunity.

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