Chemical industry continues to see shale gas as a vital source of the UK’s future energy portfolio

Britain’s number one manufacturing exporter – the chemical industry – has reacted to the decision of Lancashire County Council to refuse permission for shale gas extraction.

Steve Elliott, Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association, said that while “chemical businesses fully respected the role and responsibility of elected Councillors across the UK, it is disappointing that the country is not able to begin fracking. As supplies of gas from the North Sea diminish, the UK needs a new source to ensure security of supply, not least for the chemical sector which also uses gas as a feedstock (raw material).  Shale gas offers the potential to both sustain our existing operations and contribute to future jobs and growth.

He continued “I believe shale gas can and will be done in a way that is socially and environmentally sound. We have to respect the concerns of those who have questions and continue to work with legislators, regulators and policy-makers to reach a solution that meets our energy needs, provides reassurance to all and lets us compete on the global stage. Shale gas helps us to meet all of these challenges.

I hope we all continue to debate this important issue”

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