This is less encouraging news today. Caudrilla, already a hated company thanks to much Green campaigning, has taken a sensible corporate decision to go for a full environmental impact assessment. After its PR disaster of 2011, this is no doubt demanded by the board and shareholders.
The downside though is that Caudrilla is the only company even close to drilling for shale gas and now this will be 2014 at the earliest, maybe a year later given how long the timescales can be.
No doubt the Greenies will be happy that they can now insist on new, subsidised wind farms to help Britian through its energy crunch.
There is a Bill going through parliament that should make the shale gas exploration a little easier, but in reality we are looking at 5 years minimum before it starts to trickle through to any meaningful production. At the same time the North Sea fields keep suffering from major outages, so much so that they have had a significant effect on GDP measurements these last two years.
So all in all, not a great story, Nuclear powerstations are a decade away, old coal and nuclear stations are being phased out and the North Sea and Shale are not going to produce enough energy.
Meanwhile in the USA, they have started to export gas such is the growth in capacity.
I wonder if we really will have 'dark days' ahead.