“Fracking in the UK doesn’t make much sense”, says former fracking company boss

John Browne said fracking had failed.

The former chair of fracking company Cuadrilla has said that fracking has failed.

John Browne, who is a former BP boss and is still an oil and gas executive, made the comments in an interview with the Guardian’s John Vidal.

“Fracking in the UK doesn’t make much sense. I think it was a test to see if it worked. We probably don’t need to do it,” he said.

Fracking is a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock.

It uses a lot of water, can cause earthquakes and can contaminate roundwater.

On top of this, using the oil and gas extracted through fracking causes climate change.

Fracking has been banned in several European countries including the Netherlands but is legal in the UK – although opposed by the Scottish and Welsh governments.

In October 2018, Left Foot Forward revealed the government had produced a “mythbuster” on fracking which it was sending to concerned local residents.

The arguments made in this “mythbuster” were forcefully disputed by Friends of the Earth.

Update: This article was updated to point out that while the UK government supports fracking, the Scottish and Welsh governments have effectively blocked fracking.

Joe Lo is a reporter for Left Foot Forward

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5 Responses to ““Fracking in the UK doesn’t make much sense”, says former fracking company boss”

  1. Andrew Carey

    Two quick points
    Fracking has been banned in several European countries including the Netherlands but is legal in the UK.
    For practical purposes this is not a true statement. The seismic threshold is set so low that for functional purposes fracking is illegal in the UK.
    Secondly, John Browne now works for a Russian gas company. He would like to sell us more Russian gas, so he would be keen to talk down any increase in the UK supply of natural gas.

  2. Tom Sacold

    We should be making full use of all our natural resources.

  3. Jim Morris

    Fracking is banned in Scotland. England & Wales is not the U.K.

  4. Tom Sacold

    England & Wales is nearly 95% of the UK !!!

  5. Milton Grimshaw

    Jim Morris, your comment is not actually the case, fracking is not banned in Scotland the Scottish Parliament have not yet decided in either direction on what it should do about fracking.

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