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ICE backs further shale gas exploration

The ICE said this week shale gas exploration in the UK should be “further investigated in an enhanced regulatory framework” following the success its production has had in bringing down energy prices in US.

Announcing its policy position on the energy source, the ICE said it believes the gas is an “acceptable alternative” to coal for providing baseload generation in the short to medium term.

But the ICE warned that lower gas prices should not deter the government’s attention from focusing on low carbon generation.

It added, the widespread environmental concerns related to hydraulic fracturing, as well as its land requirements raised questions over its long term viability in a densely populated UK.

The ICE also urged the government to outline its strategy on shale gas extraction and its overall contribution to the UK’s energy source.

Its policy paper on shale gas can be found here.

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