The government has given the go-ahead for a firm to resume the controversial technique known as fracking to exploit gas in Lancashire.
The firm, Cuadrilla, previously had to stop test drilling for the gas after the fracking caused two minor earthquakes.
Professor Alistair Fraser, from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, said releasing the gas would make the UK less reliant on international energy sources: "It's not going to fundamentally change Britain's gas market in terms of export activities, but it will contribute to the amount of gas that comes into our homes.
"And it might not lower the price but it will stop us relying on imported gas from places like Norway, Russia... we'll have more control over the price in that case," he added.
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