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UK Opens Onshore Oil, Gas College as Boffins Question Shale Promise

The UK's Department of Energy & Climate Change announced Wednesday that it had given the go-ahead for the first national UK shale colleges, which are designed to train a generation of onshore oil and gas specialists. But academics from the London-based UK Energy Research Centre also said Wednesday that they would caution against the promise of UK shale gas as they released a report, noting that the country's shale gas industry is still in its infancy and an exploration program is required to assess prospects for commercial development.

DECC said that the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas will be headquartered in Blackpool, in the northwest of England, and linked to colleges in Chester, Redcar, Glasgow and Portsmouth.