Shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

What is shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)?

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is a process used to remove gas and oil from shale rock deep in the ground. It is estimated that more than 2.5 million wells have been ‘fracked’ worldwide.

The government believes that shale gas has the potential to provide the UK with greater energy security, growth and jobs, subject to continued environmental assessment and control.

More information on the national approach set by government can be found on GOV.UK