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Poll: Should fracking be allowed to continue?

05/08/2019
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With the fight over fracking back in the news this week, we’re asking EngineeringPro readers to weigh in on the future on this often controversial method for sourcing natural gas.

Should we allow fracking to continue or, as Jeremy Corbyn urges, should it be banned? Have your say in this week’s EngineeringPro poll.

This week saw Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ban fracking in the UK, after research undertaken by the opposition party revealed that the activity would stop the UK meeting a net zero target for carbon emissions this century.

“We need urgent action to tackle the climate emergency, and that means the prime minister immediately banning fracking once and for all,” said Corbyn.

“Labour will ban fracking and our green industrial revolution will face the climate emergency head-on and leave no community behind, transforming our country’s energy supply and creating 400,000 good, well-paid jobs across the country.”

Francis Egan, head of fracking company Cuadrilla, countered Mr Corbyn’s comments by saying:

“I am very disappointed that Labour appear to favour continued and increasing levels of gas imports by ship from the Middle East, Africa or the United States or by pipeline from Russia rather than developing a well-regulated, job-creating UK shale gas industry.

“The Labour party has made it very clear that it opposes UK shale as a supply source for our required natural gas, but appears to have no policy or plan for where the UK’s gas supply should instead come from. We can only assume that it favours continued and increasing long-distance gas imports.”

Cuadrilla operate the UK's only current fracking site, but if activities are allowed to continue plan to open more sites across the country
(Image via Cuadrilla)

Cuadrilla currently operate the UK’s only fracking site, at Preston New Road in Lancashire, but exploratory activity has proved high concentrations of shale gas throughout the country. Proponents hope to emulate the success of the USA, where fracking was accounting for more than 50% of oil output by 2016 and was producing 8 million barrels of shale gas by the end of last year. 

For more information on the development of the shale gas production industry, read our Brief History of Fracking.

Have your say

Do you agree with the Labour party that fracking activity should be banned? Or do you think that the potential size of the industry, the value of the trapped shale gas and the jobs that fracking activities could create, compared with the alternative of relying on gas imports, provide enough benefit to counter the negatives?

Have your say by voting in our poll above, or leaving your thoughts in the comments. The results and best comments will be published on Monday 12th August and featured in next week’s EngineeringPro newsletter.

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