‘Let’s talk about shale’ is about hearing and answering YOUR questions on shale gas
Over the last few weeks, this website has enabled people to submit their questions about shale gas. Since 8th September, we have received over 1500 questions and comments through this website and postcards.
We have received a huge variety of questions. 17% have been about water, 8% about energy security and we have also received many about safety, air, planning rules, community benefits and regulations.
This is a pilot initiative, the first of its kind in the UK, and was focused on a handful of towns and cities in the North West and East Midlands. If you live in one of the pilot areas you may have seen posters and information in your local paper, a postcard through your door, and may have spoken with members of the ‘Let’s talk about shale team’ handing out postcards in shopping centres and high streets.
We have also been running local events and discussions with local community groups, and will continue these for the next few weeks.
All the questions we received have now been answered
Over the last few weeks we have been working with experts to research the best information available to answer the questions we received.
These answers are all now available on this website.
Why read about shale gas?
Shale rock lies deep underground some parts of the country and contains natural gas. Through onshore exploration and extraction, this resource could be released in order to heat homes, cook food, power factories, make products for industry, generate electricity and create new jobs.
However, we know some people are concerned about the process of shale gas extraction, and want to know more. We also know some people are interested in the benefits shale gas can bring to the UK, and have questions about the national energy mix, renewables and energy security.
Please search the website for the questions people have asked and the answers now available.
How does this site work?
There is lots of information now available on this website in response to people’s questions.
When we have received very similar questions, we have grouped them together and provided a single answer. If you can’t see an answer to your exact question, you will be able to find an answer to one with almost the same wording, on the same specific subject.
Some of the questions we received contained multiple queries within them. Answers to these multi-part questions can be found across the website, under the different relevant grouped questions.
If, when you submitted a question, you chose to leave your email address, or postal address via one of our postcards, you will have now received an email or letter from us with your answer.
‘Let’s talk about shale’ is run on behalf of UKOOG, which represents the UK onshore oil and gas industry www.ukoog.org.uk