Last week’s poll: shale gas

A new study suggests that there might be far more shale gas than originally thought in subsurface rocks in the north-west of the UK. Should we be pursuing this resource?

Our poll respondents gave an enthusiastic endorsement for shale gas exploration last week, with almost two-thirds saying that it should go ahead because the UK would need supplies of gas for many years to come. A further 14 per cent supported fracking because of the jobs and exports it could guarantee. Of the minority who were opposed to shale exploration, 16 per cent were most concerned about the possible direct environmental damage that fracking could cause, such as the potential pollution of the water table; the smallest group of respondents, 7 per cent, said that the risk of not meeting the UK’s carbon emission targets was the most worrying.

shale chart

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