Martin Vander Weyer Martin Vander Weyer

Energy special: It’s decision time on shale gas

Britain is finally going to have to make a decision about shale

‘UK shale Eldorado just off the M62’, declared the Financial Times, reporting a huge gas find below Cheshire. Shale gas is natural gas trapped in beds of underground shale; it can be released by hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, which means pumping water, sand and chemicals into the shale under high pressure.

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