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UK shale gas companies expect to launch fracking in 2018 amid protests – Reports

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 28 Dec 2017

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Sputnik reported that the UK shale gas companies expect to launch a large-scale fracking of gas in the northern English counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire in 2018 amid protests of environmentalists against the authorities’ decision to grant permission for such activities.

Mr Francis Egan CEO of Cuadrilla company said in relation to the start of fracking in the United Kingdom, "We will see results next year. None of us can say with certainty what the results will be, of course."

The corporate affairs director of the IGas company Ann-Marie Wilkinson, said that the upcoming year will be crucial for the shale gas industry in the United Kingdom.

Wilkinson said that "In terms of moving the industry forward, it [2018] is very significant. The most important thing is to demonstrate it can be done safely and environmentally safe, and bring communities along with us," noted, as quoted by the newspaper.

In October 2016, UK authorities issued a permit to the Cuadrilla energy company to carry out hydraulic fracturing activities at the Preston New Road site, overturning the decision of Lancashire County Council to ban fracking in the area. The decision has been widely criticized by local residents and environmentalists, who have already lodged lawsuits against it, however, the courts, including the High Court, have rejected the claims.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a technology that allows the extraction of shale hydrocarbons by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground. Fracking has been largely criticized by its opponents for the risks posed to the environment and people's health, as well as for the tremors caused by the technology.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 28 Dec 2017
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