Energy Minister encourages England to rely more upon shale gas

British Energy Minister Michael Fallon said that England needs more "home grown energy" like shale gas. Shale gas could be a major source of energy for the UK in the future, according to UPI news. The British Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, said that England needs more "home grown energy" like shale gas. He said England's reliance on Russia should be considered a call to action on England's part.

Imports of gas to England are rising. Currently 45 percent of demand for natural gas is met with imports, and by 2030, that figure is expected to reach 76 percent.

According to a recent survey, the Bowland shale formation in England contains 1.3 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas. This may help alleviate some of England's import concerns.

Conversely, protestors cite concerns about possible harm to the environment. The Telegraph wrote about the danger of water contamination, using Pennsylvania in the U.S. as an example.

In Pennsylvania, more than 6 percent of wells in shale exploration regions have reported some kind of leak, according to the Telegraph. Nobody knows how many oil and gas wells in the UK may contaminate ground water.

Although the government wants to encourage fracking as a way to ease reliance on foreign gas, the risk of leaks in wells is a concern.

More information on shale gas in the UK can be found on PennEnergy's research area.

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