This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
2 November 2011
“The potential for unconventional gas is worth exploring because of the additional security of supply and economic benefits it could provide. But it is important to stress it is very early days for shale gas in the UK - the scale of any possible commercial production is still unknown.
“We are committed to the highest standards of safety and environmental protection in all UK oil and gas activities, and we will look at Cuadrilla’s report carefully with the assistance of our independent experts and regulators, before deciding whether hydraulic fracturing operations should resume. This is a potentially important addition to our energy resources, but its development must be done in a way that carries public confidence.”