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Responding to a review into shale gas fracking in the UK by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering published today (Friday 29 June 2012), Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Tony Bosworth, said:

“Studies show shale gas could be as bad for the planet as coal, so it’s little wonder some of the world’s leading scientists and engineers want more research into the climate change impacts – essential before key decisions are made.

“This review is a stark warning that the UK isn’t ready to extract shale gas – experts say we need much tougher regulations to reduce the risk of earthquakes and pollution of our water supplies

“The Government’s obsession with shale gas is completely misguided. Overwhelmingly the public want more of their electricity powered by our sun, wind and waves.”

The environment charity is calling on the Government to:

  • not allow further shale gas exploration or production until it has fully assessed all of the environmental impacts, including climate change
  • switch UK electricity to clean British energy by developing home-grown renewable power from our wind, sun and water
  • strengthen the Draft Energy Bill to ensure it decarbonises our electricity generation by 2030; introduces an Emissions Performance Standard to limit the level of pollution allowed from power stations in line with the 2030 target; makes our electricity system more efficient to cut energy waste; and provides simple, straightforward support for renewable energy, to allow new companies, communities, schools and hospitals to plug into clean power.


Notes to editors

1.            For more information please see the Friends of the Earth briefing ‘Shale gas: energy solution or fracking hell?’

2.            Friends of the Earth’s Clean British Energy campaign, backed by Deborah Meaden, is urging the Government to listen to the public and transform our broken energy system by developing clean and affordable power from our wind, sun and water. For too long the Big Six energy companies have locked Britain into importing costly gas and coal – causing our fuel bills to rocket. Now 85 per cent of people want the Government to back UK renewable power instead. This, and cutting energy waste, will stabilise fuel bills and create new jobs. To find out more and back the campaign, visit

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