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UK shale gas could be a new North Sea

Lobbyists have stepped up the campaign on both sides as a new report says the production of shale gas could help boost the UK's energy industry and economy

Shale-gas production could revive the UK's flagging oil and gas output and provide the country with an economic boost, the Institute Of Directors (IOD) says in a new report, Getting shale gas working. The report is the latest addition to a growing stack of studies on the prospects for UK shale gas as the government considers what role, if any, it will play in the future of the country's energy mix. Supporters and opponents have both stepped up their lobbying efforts in recent months. "Shale gas could be a new North Sea for Britain, creating tens of thousands of jobs, supporting our manufacturers and reducing gas imports," said Corin Taylor, senior economic adviser at the IOD and author of

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