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Shale gas policy position

17 December 2013

Shale gas is an underground resource exploited through a process called hydraulic fracturing. In recent years the UK Government has supported the exploration of shale gas reserves due to the:

  • Transformational impact of shale gas in the US
  • Discovery of potentially exploitable reserves in the UK
  • Debate around the affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation of the UK’s energy

This paper provides a civil engineering perspective on the issues and solutions.

Shale gas policy position

Content type: Policy

Last updated: December 2013

Authors: ICE

  • Andrew Wescott, head of policy and public affairs at ICE