To frack, or not to frack?

The UK awaits the development of world-class shale gas resources with significant uncertainty. Despite the passing of the Infrastructure Act in February, considerable ambiguity remains over exploratory deep hydraulic fracturing of shale gas resources, particularly in the Bowland Shale of Northern England. With lower oil prices, an imminent election and significant opposition, some doubt if shale gas will ultimately become part of the UK energy mix.