Natural gas is a fossil fuel. Like other types of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, natural gas forms from the plants, animals, and microorganisms that lived millions of years ago. These resources are then extracted from sophisticated equipment.

The science and technology of hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a technique involving the fracturing of bedrock formations by a pressurized liquid. Thus, it will stimulate gas and recover oil from shale rocks underground.

Besides, fracking was introduced in the UK in the early 2010s. In 2019, the government announced a ban on drilling after receiving reports of seismic shocks and public health and safety concerns.

Due to the Russian-Ukraine invasion, the UK lifted the ban on fracking as a part of the new prime minister Liz Truss’ promises to combat alarming fuel costs.

Thus, Real Research launched a survey on reversing ban on fracking. In detail, the survey aims to gather more information on reversing ban on fracking and to hear what the public says. Here are the results:


  • 55.68% are well aware of the new Prime Minister Liz Truss reversing ban on fracking.
  • 41.98% have excellent knowledge about fracking.
  • Most (46.94%) know about vertical drilling apart from hydraulic and fracking.

Liz Truss To Lift the Ban of Fracking as a Method To Cope With Rising Gas Prices

To start off, the first survey asks the public if they were aware of the new Prime Minister Liz Truss reversing ban on fracking as energy costs rise alarmingly. 55.68% said yes that they were well aware, 23.45% said no, somewhat, and 20.86% said no.

Figure 1: Respondents’ awareness of the PM’s statement on fracking

Brief Summary of Fracking in Several Countries

Survey results further reveal that 41.98% of respondents have vast knowledge about fracking, 15.53% above average, 19.25% average, and 10.56% below average. Similarly, when asked what other ways of natural gas extraction they know of, 46.94% said vertical drilling, 26.81% said horizontal drilling, and 24.77% said acidizing.

Moving on, the survey asks the public which country they know of allows fracking. The results show that 39.06% said the United States, 13.73% said Canada, 14.10% said China, and 7.9% said Argentina.

On the contrary, the survey then asked where fracking is prohibited. Most (31.99%) responded saying France, 10.73% said Bulgaria, 13.36% said Germany, and 9.76% said Spain.

Figure 2: Countries that have banned fracking

Afterwards, 40.64% say that the main reason why fracking is banned in some areas is that it requires enormous quantities of water, which can overwhelm the environment. 20.80% say it contains toxic radioactive wastewater, 10.91% say it induces seismic activities, and 8.91% say it generates sufficient pressure that drives toxic fluids into shallow drinking water zones. Lastly, 9.13% say that it pollutes the air.

The Public on Reversing Ban on Fracking in the UK

The survey asked, “What is your stance on the resumption of fracking in the UK.” The survey shows us that 61.4% were supportive, whereas 38.96% were against the reversal.

Moreover, 46.37% stated that the most significant threat posed by fracking is that it distracts energy firms and governments from investing in renewable and clean energy. 15.34% stated that it doubles fossil fuel consumption, creating significant risks of climate change,10.32% reported that the chemicals used could contaminate underground water, and 7.71% said that it could create massive fractures of underground rocks and, as a result, produce earthquakes.

How Likely Would This Reversal in the UK Solve the Current Energy Crisis?

When asked how likely the fracking ban reversal is likely to solve the energy crisis, 33.34% said very likely, 18.52% said somewhat likely, 27.15% were uncertain, 11.95% said unlikely, and 9.03% were highly unlikely.

Figure 3: Would this reversal make the energy crisis go away?


Survey TitleSurvey on Reversing Ban on Fracking (Technique To Recover Oil From Shale Rock)
DurationSeptember 22- September 29 , 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.