Understanding the impacts of shale gas on the UK water industry
Speech by Dr Jim Marshall, Business and Policy Adviser of Water UK to the conference UK Shale 2013 - Making it happen, 17 July 2013, London.
Shale gas fracking could lead to contamination of the water supply with methane gas and harmful chemicals if not carefully planned and carried out. The fracking process requires huge amounts of water, which will inevitably put a strain on supplies in areas around extraction sites. Also, the power of the drilling and fracturing process even risks damaging existing water pipes, which could lead to leaks and shortages to people's homes and businesses.But water companies emphasise that they want to work closely with the shale gas industry so the potential benefits to the UK's long-term growth and employment are fully realised while protecting public health.