UK’s Shale Gas ‘Would Last For 50 Years’

  • Date: 18/01/14
  • Ben Webster, The Times

Britain is sitting on 50 years’ worth of shale gas and can exploit it safely, but communities near fracking sites will endure significant disruption, according to President Obama’s Energy Secretary.

Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary, said Britain can exploit shale gas safely - Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty

Ernest Moniz dismissed concerns that fracking would contaminate water supplies and said environmental impacts were “challenging but manageable” if best practice was followed.

Speaking in London, he said that shale gas was far less polluting than coal and was helping the US to meet its greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target. Dr Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said: “If the UK does in fact develop shale gas, there is a huge resource . . . 50 years’ worth of gas.”

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