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Shale gas development a priority for UK government

Promising reserves combined with increased tightening on carbon emissions mean the move to shale gas seems logical

Faced with declining oil and gas output from mature fields in the North Sea, European Union-wide mandates to cut carbon emissions, a rising energy import bill and growing concern at sharp increase in domestic utility prices, it seems logical that the UK government would encourage a shift towards developing and using domestic shale-gas resources.    And promising reserves estimates and increasing interest from major energy companies, from industry’s perspective, the prospects for development look good.    At the end of July, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released details of acreage on offer in the country’s 14th onshore lice

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