1,500 responses to shale gas questions forum

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A consultation exercise on shale gas has received more than 1,500 responses from the public.

UKOOG, the representative body for the onshore oil and gas industry has completed its first pilot of the Let’s Talk About Shale initiative in Preston, Blackpool and Lytham St Annes.

More than 700 questions have been answered by leading experts, institutions and academics. The remaining 800 responses were statements as opposed to questions.

The most asked question in the study was the neutral “What is shale gas and fracking?”, with some 20 per cent of people who responded to the initiative asking for more information on the subject.

The most prevalent topic for questions submitted related to understanding more about potential environmental impacts of shale gas exploration.

Around 20 percent of people who responded to the initiative asked for more information on the subject but the most prevalent topic for questions submitted related to the environmental impacts of shale gas exploration.

The question-gathering phase of the pilot came to a close at the end of October.

Ken Cronin, Chief Executive of UKOOG, said: “We are delighted that there has been so much interest from the public and such an overwhelming response.

“There is clearly a significant appetite from people to learn more about shale gas if they have the opportunity to ask questions.”