Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    20.10.2011
    533 c1116W
    Lilley, Peter
    To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the prospects for shale gas in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
    Department of Energy and Climate Change
    Hendry, Charles
    A British Geological Survey study in 2010 estimated that if UK shales were similar to those in the USA they could yield some 150 billion cubic metres of gas, equivalent to roughly two years’ of UK demand.The BGS is currently undertaking more detailed work which will also take into account the recent drilling results of Cuadrilla in Lancashire.However, little drilling has taken place and commercial production of shale gas has not been proven, so it is not yet possible to make a reliable estimate of recoverable reserves.
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