Survey Shows Majority of Britons Support Fracking

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3rd September 2014 11:20 - Oil and Gas

According to recent research, extracting natural gas by drilling down into the earth - or fracking, as it’s more commonly known - has received support from the majority of Britons.

The survey, which was conducted by Populus for UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), discovered that almost three fifths (57%) of its respondents thought shale gas production should go ahead, with just one sixth (16%) opposing with the idea and the remaining 27% undecided on the issue.

More than two thirds (67%) agree that Britain should reduce its reliance on gas imports and focus on producing its own energy so that it doesn’t have to depend on imports from outside nations - just 1% disagreed with this approach.

National Grid, a British electricity and gas utility company, has predicted that without natural gas derived from fracking, by 2035 Britain will be importing up to 91% of its gas.

Furthermore, just shy of three fifths (59%) of the survey’s participants said they would be willing to see natural gas from shale production go ahead providing it formed part of a mix that included renewable energy sources - around one in 10 (12%) disagreed with this.

Almost half (47%) agreed that new infrastructure needed to be invested in - such as housing, roads, railways, airport capacity and new energy sources. One in 20 (5%) disagreed with this statement.

And, finally, around two fifths (42%) agreed with the Government’s planned changes to underground land access - 16% opposed these proposed revisions.

Ken Cronin, Chief Executive of UKOOG, said: “This survey shows that most people across the country think that shale gas should be developed. More than four out of five of us heat our homes with gas, and Britain’s shale resource gives us the opportunity to become less dependent on foreign energy supplies, create tens of thousands of jobs and support our manufacturing industries.

 “Shale gas and renewables are complementary, and our survey confirms that the public would like to see a balanced mix that includes both sources of energy. Whilst these results are positive, our industry needs to continue to do all it can to listen to and engage with the views of local communities.”

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