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Commenting today (Thursday 8 May 2014) on the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on the economic impact of shale gas, Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

“Shale gas regulation in the UK to date has been a catalogue of errors and oversights as thinly-stretched regulators have struggled to deal with fracking firms with eyes on bumper profits.

“Today’s report recognises that the regulations aren’t working - but calling for the Government to ‘simplify’ regulations and speed up the process will not reassure local communities and a public unconvinced by this risky technology.

"But even with robust, effective and dedicated regulation and comprehensive enforcement, all of which are absent, shale gas has no part to play in the UK’s response to climate change.

“If the country could be powered by hype alone, then shale gas might have a role to play. But the real answer to our energy problems is not to develop the infrastructure for a new source of dirty fossil fuels; it is to cut energy waste and develop the UK’s huge potential for clean renewables.”


Notes to editors

1. The report will be available online after publication on the Committee’s webpage, here:

2. Further details on the inquiry including full details of evidence the Committee received can be found here:

3. Friends of the Earth shale gas briefing can be viewed here:


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