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Task Force on Shale Gas

As the UK debates the role shale gas may have in the future UK energy mix, Lord Chris Smith, supported by experts spanning the scientific, academic, environmental, engineering and business communities, is undertaking an independent and impartial examination of both the potential benefits and risks linked to shale gas extraction.


Final Conclusions and Recommendations

For more than a year the Task Force on Shale Gas has explored the potential impacts, positive and negative, of creating a shale gas industry in the United Kingdom. This document outlines the final recommendations and conclusions from the Task Force on whether the UK should proceed with developing a domestic shale gas industry.

Call for evidence

The Task Force on Shale Gas is taking data and evidence from all interested parties on the potential benefits and risks associated with shale gas exploration and extraction. Please submit reports here: