Fracking in the UK: An Interview with Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan

  • Date: 14/08/18
  • Campelo Energy

 In July, Cuadrilla became the first shale gas developer in the UK to be given final consent to begin hydraulic fracturing. CEO Francis Egan responds to criticism from environmentalists and explains why he believes fracking can reduce the UK’s reliance on imported gas.

In July, Cuadrilla became the first shale gas developer in the UK to be given final consent to begin hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, at its site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.

Fracking involves pumping water, chemicals and usually sand underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock, releasing the gas trapped within back to the surface.

Energy minister Claire Perry and her colleagues believe that shale gas could “further enhance our energy security” while “helping us with our continued transition to a lower-carbon economy”. Environmentalists claim that fracking releases more CO2 and methane than conventional natural gas processing, can pollute water supplies and cause seismic disruption. 

Here, Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan responds to that criticism, explains why he believes fracking can reduce the UK’s reliance on imported gas, and sheds further light on the 2011 controversy at Preese Hall, when Cuadrilla shut down fracking operations following two earth tremors.

Full interview

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