Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, responding to today’s report by energy firm Cuadrilla into the cause of tremors in Lancashire earlier this year, said:
“Today’s report highlights the need for a cautious approach to shale gas.
“It is welcome that the report concludes that another similar incident is unlikely to happen again, but it is important for the Government to respond fully to ensure that the correct protection regime is in place if we are to move forward with shale gas production.
“There is real potential in the shale gas reserves which have been discovered in the UK over the past few years – and work is ongoing to properly assess the scale of these reserves. People must have the confidence that whilst the discovery of shale gas may bring many benefits, real concerns about its exploration and production need to be addressed properly by the Government.”