Further to the Independent on Sunday report that stated

The Government has rejected shale gas technology as a solution to Britain's energy crisis, conceding it will do little to cut bills or keep the lights on.

Supporters of the fracking technology – which blasts water, sand and chemicals at extreme pressures to release gas trapped deep in rock – argue it could be the single greatest factor in transforming Britain's energy market, reducing our reliance on foreign imports and dramatically reducing costs.

But The Independent on Sunday has learned that industry experts made clear at a meeting attended by senior ministers, including David Cameron and Ed Davey, the Lib Dem energy secretary, that the UK's reserves were smaller than first thought and could be uneconomical to extract.

It seems that those journalistic sleuths at the IoS learned the above via Hansard:

Graham Stringer: Will not the biggest impact on reducing domestic energy bills be achieved by bringing shale gas online as quickly as possible?

Mr Davey: I do not think so. We had a seminar at No. 10 recently, which the Prime Minister participated in, along with myself and the Business Secretary. We heard from experts in the shale gas industry who had been working in America and looking at the major opportunities in places such as Ukraine and China. They were clear that it would take some time for shale gas to be exploited in the UK. They were also clear that we needed strong regulation to proceed and that the shale gas reserves in this country are not quite as large as some people have been speculating.

We're going to ask who was at this meeting. But more importantly, who wasn't. This from Mark Miller of Cuadrilla Resources:

No, we were not invited. Nor were we consulted about potential shale gas production in the future. I was surprised to see negative statements from people who have never seen our core data or open hole log data. They may consider getting their facts in line next time since this is such an important issue to the country.

Apart from curiousity, whatever happened to common British courtesy?

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  • geedee

    desparate! what a phoney government!

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  • geedee

    or even: desperate! what a phoney government! Saving face seems more important than benefiting the country!

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  • Yes and we can see why, when among those participating included Centrica, who have just announced today on their website that thier "Norwegian" operations have signed a supply deal for GAS with the United Kingdom.....<br />http://www.centrica.com/index.asp?pageid=1041&newsid=2462<br /><br />Come on then Mr. Davey, are you corrupt or merely an ignoramus?<br />When Andrew Neil put you on the spot, you looked shifty, and gave<br />vacillating answers. You blamed "the coalition" yet are not in favour<br />of using "coal" [pun]. You rubbished the shale gas, and now we know<br />why. You signed some agreement to allow Centrica to sell the UK gas<br />from Norway. Mr. Davey you are naught but a Traitor to the UK who<br />should resign immediately. Let a real man like Peter Lilley take over<br />before the UK is bankrupted by your incompetence.

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  • In reply to: Axel

    Andrew Neil puts Ed Davey on the Spot about GAS<br />http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18145313

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  • Mr. Axel - Centrica's "Norwegian" operation is nothing, when compared with their Cygnus Gas Field, which has been on the "backburner" for some years, however Centrica and partners expect to bring the TWO TRILLION cuft of gas online via the Murdoch pipeling in 2013. More vested intests in the advice that Mr. Hanafin of centrica gave then....<br /><br />"The Cygnus gas field is situated over UK Continental Shelf blocks 44/12a and 44/11a. The field is operated by GDF Suez, which also owns a 38.75% stake. Centrica has a 48.75% interest"<br />"One of the largest discoveries in the North Sea" "The field development plan for the first phase of Cygnus was sanctioned by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in August 2009. Phase I is targeted at developing the eastern part of the field, which comprises 16 production wells tied back to six platforms. Production is expected to start in 2013."<br />http://www.offshore-technology.com/projects/cygnusgasfield/

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  • ammonite

    How sad, what shallow manipulation... They only include those who sing their mantras.

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