Thursday, 24 November 2011

Co-op shale gas report questions carbon footprint cost

Using shale gas could stop the UK from reducing its carbon footprint, a report for the Co-operative group claimed.

It said recovering 20% of Lancashire's gas resources would produce 2bn tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Shale gas would account for almost 15% of the UK's total allowed emissions up to 2050, the report said.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it would expect the footprint for shale gas to be similar to onshore natural gas fields.

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