Shale gas is unlikely to feature in the election campaign because it won’t win votes, MP Tim Yeo told a fracking conference today.
But after the election, he said, shale supporters had to get behind a big campaign to educate the public and policy-makers about its benefits.
“May to December is absolutely critical to changing public opinion”. He said this was a small window of opportunity that had to be grasped.
“The enormous benefit to UK PLC is about to slip through our fingers”.
Mr Yeo, a supporter of shale who is standing down as an MP at the election, said he was dismayed at what he called the industry’s “incoherent approach” to promoting shale gas.
“I suggested they might do with a bit of advice”, he said, “But I was roundly rebuffed”.
Other comments by Tim Yeo to Shale UK
Environmental Audit Committee report which called for a moratorium on fracking
“It was the worst select committee report I have seen in 33 years in parliament. It was policy-biased evidence. They decided what the conclusion was and consulted the witnesses that they thought would support it. They ignored other people they could have consulted. The committee was captured by entrenched opponents of fossil fuels. It [the report] got pretty short shrift. It was deplorable. It shows the committee in a very poor light.”
UK as a shale leader
“It could be the UK that writes the EU-rule book and sets the standards and British companies that develop the skills base that a European shale industry would need.”
Drill wells to dispel fears
“You have to get some wells drilled. Public fear will dissipate very quickly when they see negative stories are just myths”