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Title: Fresh driver for economic growth: fracking the UK nation
Authors: Ochieng, Edward G.
Price, Andrew D.F.
Egbu, Charles
Ruan, Ximing
Zuofa, Tarila
Keywords: UK
Group discussion
Geopolitics
Focus groups
Fracking
UK economic growth
UK energy sector
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Emerald
Citation: OCHIENG, E.G. ...et al., 2015. Fresh driver for economic growth: fracking the UK nation. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 9(3), pp. 412-431.
Abstract: © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose – The purpose of this paper was to examine UK shale gas viability. The recent commitment to shale gas exploration in the UK through fracking has given rise to well-publicised economic benefits and environmental concerns. There is potential for shale gas exploration in different parts of the UK over the next couple of decades. As argued in this study, if it does, it would transform the energy market and provide long-term energy security at affordable cost. Design/methodology/approach – Interviews with senior practitioners and local communities were recorded, transcribed and entered into qualitative research software Nvivo. Validity and reliability were achieved by first assessing the plausibility in terms of already existing knowledge on some of the economic and environmental issues raised by participants. Findings – Findings from this study suggest that environmental, health and safety risks can be managed effectively provided operational best practices are implemented and monitored by the Health and Safety Executive; Department of Energy, Climate Change; and the Mineral Planning Authorities. Participants further suggested that the integration of shale gas technology will protect consumers against rising energy prices and ensure that government does not get exposed to long-term geopolitical risks. Practical implications – The present study corroborates the position that environmental, health and safety risks can be managed effectively provided operational best practices are implemented and monitored by the Health and Safety Executive; Department of Energy, Climate Change; and the Mineral Planning Authorities. Social implications – The present study confirms that the government is committed to ensuring that the nation maximises the opportunity that cost-effective shale gas technology presents, not just investment, cheap energy bills and jobs but providing an energy mix that will underpin the UK long-term economic prosperity. Originality/value – The present study corroborates the position that environmental, health and safety risks can be managed effectively provided operational best practices are implemented and monitored by the Health and Safety Executive; Department of Energy, Climate Change; and the Mineral Planning Authorities. As shown in this study, the UK has a very strong regulatory regime compared to USA; therefore, environmental, health and safety risks will be very well managed and unlikely to escalate into the crisis being envisioned.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Energy Sector Management and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-10-2014-0004
Version: Accepted
DOI: 10.1108/IJESM-10-2014-0004
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21332
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-10-2014-0004
ISSN: 1750-6220
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