Pressure mounts over suppression of UK fracking impacts report
14th June 2016 | Commercial Energy
In March, the Committee on Climate Change, which advises parliament on meeting UK’s carbon targets, submitted a report into the impacts of shale gas fracking: campaigners have accused ministers of suppressing it, but it can only be published when the secretary of state for energy has responded.
It is likely to find that fracking would be an addition to the UK’s carbon dioxide output: although fracking is an uptapped new source of fossil fuel – and therefore carbon – fracking has also been found to release more carbon than conventional oil and gas exploration because of the dangers of leakage and the difficulty of production.
A legal challenge is being considered against North Yorkshire council’s decision to allow fracking in Ryedale, based on claims that it has not adequately considered the climate impact of the technology.
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