This really baffles me. I can't help but feel that the UK govt actually against this on the grounds that it's deny them taxes? In the US it has turned things around, but it seems the govt is throwing up various obstacles. BBC News - UK shale gas bonanza 'not assured' Admittedly, some of the reasons given seem reasonable enough, and typical of the BBc they allow the 'anti-anything' groups more page space for quotes than anyone else. It seems to me we go out of our way to find reasons not to do things rather than cracking on.