It looks as though there is even more shale gas under northern England than was previously realised. The big challenge will be to regulate the water, noise and air pollution rigourously given the the government WILL extract this resource, even if they have to rebuild Manchester.
Estimates of Cuadrilla's shale gas resource in the North West of England may have to be increased significantly upwards. A geologist with the company said there is 330 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in place in its licence area, 50% more than previous estimates. Cuadrilla is the only company in the UK to have used hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in its test wells.