Commenting on the decision by Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary, to progress shale gas exploration in an important Lancashire test case, Adam Marshall, BCC Acting Director General, said:

“This decision is sending an important and positive signal on the UK’s future energy security. We need to explore the potential for shale gas to make a contribution to our energy mix, alongside both nuclear and renewables. Tapping domestic energy resources creates both energy security and jobs here at home, and seems a much better alternative to dependence on supplies from overseas.”

Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said:

“Developing a viable shale industry in Lancashire will have positive economic implications for the region in terms of investment, jobs and supply chain engagement, and has the potential to provide security of energy supply to regional manufacturers.

“This announcement means that local businesses will be in pole position for future shale gas supply chain opportunities in the County.”