It is difficult to 100% confirm anything but it must be noted that, at present, the UK is reliant on other countries for much of its energy, especially gas. We do have a growing renewables sector including solar and wind power but most of us (about 80%) rely on gas to cook our food and heat our homes.
Just 11 years ago (in 2003), the UK was actually a net exporter of gas. However, we are now importing more than we are exporting, which means we have to rely on other countries for our gas needs. The Department of Energy and Climate Change suggests that the UK will be importing nearly 70% of the gas we use by 2025, assuming we do not develop shale gas.1 John Williams, Senior Principal at Pöyry, a global consulting and engineering firm, told us that because the UK will still have a demand for gas in the future that if this gas is produced from shale then the requirements for imports will be reduced. He said “this will have beneficial economic impacts in terms of balance of trade, job creation and increased GDP”.
We therefore strongly agree with the assertion that fracking is good for the UK’s energy self-sufficiency.