More people than ever are in favour of ‘fracking’ for shale gas, according to new research.
A national survey has been carried out by Nottingham University and the pollsters YouGov, with figures collated from last month, March and June 2012.
And they claim an increase in the number of people who are accepting of the exploration method.
In July 2012 more than 52 per cent people questioned were in favour of fracking – the process of injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release the gas inside – and 27 per cent were against, they claimed.
In March this year 55 per cent were for and around 24 per cent were against and last month 58 per cent supported fracking while nearly 19 per cent opposed it.
Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources, which has fracking sites on the Fylde, said: “Viewed over the last year, the University of Nottingham’s research shows that growing numbers of people support shale gas exploration.
“Cuadrilla has consistently maintained that most people in the UK are open-minded about this issue. From our own experience in Lancashire, the more people hear about and talk about shale gas, the more informed they are about its potential advantages. We will continue communicating the facts about shale gas to local communities as our Bowland Basin exploration plans proceed.”
But fracking campaigner Gayzer Frackman, of the Frack Free Fylde group, said: “Have they spoken to everyone in the UK, or anyone who knows about fracking?
“Have they spoken to people who live in areas that have fracking?
“These people are taking people’s ignorance as consent, as most people in the country who know about fracking are against it.
“It is only Cuadrilla and the Government that is for fracking.”