Fracking not consistent with carbon targets without stricter tests

The exploitation of shale gas is not compatible with UK climate targets unless key tests are met, analysis by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has found.

The long awaited CCC report argues that exploiting shale gas reserves creates considerable uncertainty for UK greenhouse-gas emissions. It also warns that fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with UK carbon budgets, or the 2050 commitment to reduce emissions by at least 80%, unless a number of tests are satisfied. These are:

the introduction of robust regulations during well development, production and decommissioning to limit methane leakage; that shale gas ...
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