Much of the public debate over whether the UK should exploit its shale gas reserves has been highly polarised. Many opponents are set against shale gas extraction under any circumstances while some supporters are in danger of overstating the potential benefits.
The real situation is less dramatic. There are risks and justifiable reasons for concern, but these can and are being addressed by the industry and regulators. The manufacturing boom in the US, much of which still has to be realised, will not be repeated in the UK, but domestic shale gas extraction is still likely to help the wider UK economy, energy security and bring opportunities to the manufacturing sector. The government needs to help ensure this potential is fully realised.
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