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Shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing)

The government says shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) has the potential to support greater energy security, economic growth and jobs as part of the UK’s transition to a lower carbon economy. It contends that a strong regulation regime will ensure on-site safety, prevent environmental contamination, mitigate seismic activity and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

Following widespread parliamentary and public interest in fracking we intend to produce a report which will set out the facts surrounding:

  • government’s policy objectives, key events to date and what activity has occurred and is planned;
  • the roles and responsibilities across government;
  • the regulatory regime; and
  • the potential costs and liabilities to government, including decommissioning costs.

If you would like to provide evidence for our study, please email the study team on enquiries@nao.org.uk putting the study title (Fracking) in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly.