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Recognition: Lee Petts
Recognition: Lee Petts
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The North West Energy Task Force has welcomed the call from the House of Lords for the UK to “get development moving” on shale gas extraction.

Preston’s Lee Petts, spokesman for the North West Energy Task Force, gave evidence at the enquiry which the report is based on. He said: “After speaking to over 300 businesses at the NW Shale Supply Chain conference last month, it is clear to me how important onshore gas will be for creating jobs, boosting economic growth and raising revenues in Lancashire.

“The Lords Committee has rightly recognised the need for more communication on the potential for shale, which is why the North West Energy Task Force is committed to continuing to work with North West businesses, to help the region get ready for shale, in investment, skills and expertise.”

The report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, released on Thursday recognises the potential for shale gas and its role in boosting growth, improving energy security and creating a bridge fuel toward renewables.

The report has highlighted that “the development of shale gas and oil in the UK would generate direct employment, particularly in the North of England.” And calls for greater communication of the “economic and employment gains shale development can bring to areas like Lancashire.”

Supported by more than 300 businesses and national experts, the Task Force was launched in January this year to increase understanding of how the extraction of natural gas from Lancashire’s shale can be used to create jobs, generate economic growth and boost localrevenues.

The group recently held the UK’s first ever shale gas supply chain conference in Blackpool.