Apr 2, 2022

Fracking 'worth exploring' says British Gas owner Centrica

Fracking could boost UK energy supplies and reduce bills, according to Chris O'Shea, chief executive of British Gas owner Centrica. Fracking is the process of drilling into the earth, then directing a high pressure mixture of chemicals into layers of rock to release shale gas. Image source, Cuadrilla/PA. Mr O'Shea told BBC Radio 5Live's Big Green Money show: "The key question is, do we want to source our gas from overseas? Or do we want to have more gas domestically? And shale is certainly worth exploring." The UK has only ever had one fracking site in operation, which halted in 2019 following a report by the Oil and Gas Authority. Previously, Greenpeace has said that fracking would not improve energy security, because any gas extracted would belong to the gas firm doing the drilling, not to Britain, and it would be sold on international markets.

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