Following the announcement that the Government has approved Cuadrilla’s application to produce shale in Lancashire, Claire Jakobsson, Head of Energy and Climate Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“Until the UK actually has some production sites in operation we will know very little about the commercial viability of this energy source, so today’s approval could be a significant step forward for the UK’s future in shale.
“Following today’s decision, we could see production start within the next eighteen months. It’s hoped that this development will provide vital information on the longer-term prospects for a UK shale industry. Approval of the second application, currently under consideration, would help to build this picture further and we hope the green light will be given for this too in due course.
“Shale gas has the potential to deliver significant economic benefits to the UK, from more affordable energy to security of supply, through to jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors. It is right that we explore this opportunity and understand the potential for shale gas as part of the UK’s energy mix.”