Shale gas “should be explored as a potential gas resource to meet UK energy needs”, according to a report released Wednesday by the Task Force on Shale Gas.
The report concludes that there is a requirement for gas to play a significant role in the UK’s energy mix in the short-to-medium term, and suggest that shale gas should be a part of this blend. The Task Force on Shale Gas also stated that evidence suggests the impact of shale gas on the climate is similar to that of conventional gas and less than that of LNG (liquefied natural gas).
Commenting on the use of shale gas in the UK, Lord Chris Smith, chair of the Task Force on Shale Gas, said in a statement on the organization’s website:
“Gas must play a role over the medium term. The relative climate impact of shale gas is similar to that of conventional gas and less than that of liquefied natural gas (LNG). It is also much better than coal.”
Ken Cronin, chief executive of UK Onshore Oil and Gas, said in a UKOOG statement:
“UKOOG supports the UK’s statutory approach to climate change and commits the shale gas industry to the adoption of procedures and practices that are compatible with the UK’s policies and targets … UKOOG believes that the benefits of utilizing domestic shale gas (in common with the benefits obtainable from other forms of domestic low-carbon technology or fuel) warrant UK-wide policies that will encourage and help markets prioritize the use of indigenous resources and technology in the pursuit of carbon reduction. This will also add to the UK’s energy resilience.”
The Task Force’s report follows months of academic review, input from the industry, experts, campaigners and relevant associations. Launched in September 2014, the Task Force on Shale Gas was launched to provide an impartial and transparent assessment of the potential benefits and risks of shale gas extraction to the UK.