UK onshore industry group UKOOG Oct. 19 slammed the opposition Labour Party for its stance on the use of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in shale gas developments. Labour — which has a huge lead over the ruling Conservative Party in polls — has pledged to ban fracking and moved Oct. 19 to table a parliamentary motion to guarantee time for a bill on banning fracking. “The public should be outraged that one of the major political parties in the UK is trying to outlaw a critical form of energy,” UKOOG director Charles McAllister said. “If we do not produce more gas in the UK, we will be locked into reliance on carbon intensive and expensive LNG imports from abroad, namely from the shale gas fields in the US or from the petrostate Qatar,” McAllister said. The UK government under Prime Minister Liz Truss Sept. 22 lifted its […]