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Shale Gas Exploration in the UK

British Glass represents the UK glass manufacturing sector and associated supply chain. Glass manufacturers and glass users make significant contributions to the UK economy and produce a unique, versatile product that can be recycled indefinitely. Glass manufacture is a high temperature process which is totally reliant upon a secure and uninterrupted supply of energy to the melting furnaces.


Increased and diversified indigenous energy supply is beneficial to the UK.


Within this context:


The glass industry supports the responsible exploration and production of shale gas in the UK subject to the following:

  • The extraction of shale gas must be governed by suitably stringent Environmental, Health and Safety precautions and compliance must be demonstrated;
  • The use of shale gas must benefit the UK – UK jobs and UK materials should be sourced. The local communities that agree to accommodate extraction should also benefit from involvement.
  • The tax take from shale gas should in-part be used to support the development in low carbon generation;
  • The benefits of shale gas should be viewed as a logical step to a low-carbon economy and a step towards a more sustainable future.
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