The head of the company seeking to exploit shale gas reserves in Lancashire today pleaded with the government to make up its mind about the future of the unconventional energy source.
Giving evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee this morning, Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, said his company was desperate to get the go-ahead to explore how much shale gas was available in the area around Blackpool. Sounding a little exasperated, he told the committee:
'We'll give you the data as soon as you let us start. We know the geology is good, we know the gas is there, and we know it's a mile thick. In fact, we haven't even reached the bottom. The geology is good, but we need to establish flow rates.