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Statement from Co-operative Energy on UK shale gas development

Posted on 28 June 2013

Following the discovery that Britain's reserves of shale gas are much larger than previously thought, ethical energy provider Co-operative Energy has expressed reservations in Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to make changes to the planning regime and introduce tax breaks to help push forward with fracking for the gas.

Ramsay Dunning, General Manager of Co-operative Energy commented: “Co-operative Energy remains cautious on the issue of UK shale gas development given the impact it could have on greenhouse gas emissions and groundwater pollution. We will seek to actively avoid gas derived from shale until the impact of such developments is better understood and support a moratorium on commercial development."

Co-operative Energy is fully committed to playing its part in tackling climate change. Co-operative Energy believes a multi-pronged approach is needed if the UK is to meet its climate change targets in the medium term.

Co-operative Energy successfully sourced one hundred per cent of its electricity from renewable generators in its first year of operation and continues to sources energy from a range of different types of renewable energy generators, including community-owned wind farms at Harlock Hill, Westmill and Great Dunkilns.

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