shale gas environmental impact News

  • Shale gas: independent planning is key to reducing environmental impacts of fracking

    Funding for scientists, planners and inspectors should be available before any shale gas development begins, a new review recommends. As revenue for such staff is often provided by the development itself, planning, which is vital to provide immediate environmental protection as well as monitoring long-term impacts, is neglected. The researchers also advocate the use of ‘adaptive ...

  • Questions and answers on the shale gas initiative

    Why is there a need for EU action on hydrocarbons using high-volume hydraulic fracturing (e.g shale gas)? In Europe, geological estimates show hydrocarbons resources such as shale gas spread across the borders of Member States. Environmental impacts and risks do not respect national borders: impacts in one country can give rise to, or worsen, pollution problems in other countries. This is ...

  • Next steps for shale gas production

    Large scale shale gas production by the 2020s could boost the UK’s energy security, contribute to economic growth, create thousands of jobs and plough almost £1 billion back to local communities through benefit schemes, an independent assessment has found. In addition, the Government has published a regulatory roadmap for shale gas which sets out the series of permits and permissions ...

  • Shale gas: new fracking projects must pass environmental test

    The European Parliament has proposed that exploration and hydraulic fracturing extraction activities for non-conventional hydrocarbons should be subject to environmental impact studies, in adopting an amendment to existing EU legislation on Wednesday. MEPs also suggest measures to prevent conflicts of interest and to ensure that the public is informed and consulted. “We are revising this ...


    By European Parliament

  • European Commission recommends minimum principles for shale gas

    On Wed. 22 the European Commission adopted a Recommendation aiming to ensure that proper environmental and climate safeguards are in place for "fracking" – the high-volume hydraulic fracturing technique used notably in shale gas operations. The Recommendation should help all Member States wishing to use this practice address health and environmental risks and improve transparency for ...

  • Marcellus Shale in the US, 2012

    GlobalData's new report ""Marcellus Shale in the US, 2012 - Gas Shale Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2020"" which provides insight into existing and potential exploration and development activities in the Marcellus shale play. The report provides details of the existing and emerging Marcellus shale areas and the major companies exploring the high-producing areas in the shale play such as ...

  • Precautionary principle should be applied to shale gas

    According to UK researchers, caution must be taken in the use of shale gas until more is known about its environmental impacts. Using US data, they estimated the additional emissions associated with the extraction of gas from shale compared to that of conventional sources and highlighted concerns from the US that extraction could bring significant risks of ground and surface water contamination. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Energy Institute publishes essential guide to shale gas

    The UK Government has promised to support the safe deployment of shale gas as part of the UK's energy policy, but fracking applications have been rejected by local councils. There has been vigorous debate about the potential benefits and risks of developing shale gas in the UK. To help inform the ongoing discussion, the Energy Institute (EI) has published 'A guide to shale gas', which addresses ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing – Framing the Water Issue

    SIWI Report no. 24 “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing – Framing the Water Issue” by Andreas Lindström, SIWI, Prof. Allan Hoffman, US Department of Energy, and Prof. Gustaf Olsson, Lund University. The emergence of shale gas and shale oil has quickly changed the landscape ...

  • UKERC responds to the DECC announcement on shale gas exploration

    The statement today by Energy and Climate Secretary Edward Davey relates to the specific issue of reducing the seismic risk associated with shale gas drilling, it should not be interpreted as a green light for wide spread commercial development of shale gas in the UK. Research carried out by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and others has shown that exploration is necessary to assess the ...

  • As Shale Gas Booms, Effects and Sustainability Remain Unclear

    Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China. But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question remains: What are the impacts of shale gas mining on local economies and the environment? In the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Sign, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • As Shale Gas Booms, Effects and Sustainability Remain Unclear

    Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China. But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question remains: What are the impacts of shale gas mining on local economies and the environment? In the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Sign, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Technology for gulf oil spill and gas shale fracing

    Two major sources of energy for the U.S. are dependent upon the solution of environmental problems. The McIlvaine Company has a created a free website with the latest technology to solve these problems. Over the last three weeks a series of recorded webinars have been conducted on both subjects. The full recordings of the discussions have been posted to the free site.  Here are some ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • Speech: The Myths and realities of shale gas exploration

    Speech by Edward Davey, Secretary of State, for Energy and Climate Change on shale gas exploration. Originally given at The Royal Society, London. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered. Introduction It’s an honour to be here at the Royal Society today. For over 350 years, the Society has served the common good. Your ...

  • A European Strategy for Shale

    Mr Chair, distinguished guests, You have asked me to deliver a speech on "A European Strategy for Shale?" The most important word or better said "sign" in this title is actually the question mark itself. Two meanings: first, is there a need for a European strategy and action on shale gas? And second, what could it be? My answer to the first question will be very straightforward. Yes, we ...

  • UK Shale Conference

    Introduction Recent events in the Ukraine and Iraq have brought into focus the importance of energy security. Now more than ever we need here in Britain more home-grown energy of all kinds which will also deliver economic benefits. That means having a diverse energy mix and exploiting the full use of technologies from renewables to CCS, from nuclear to shale gas and shale oil. ...

  • Ohio Shale’s Biggest Environmental Impact May Be on Forests: Talk at Farm Science Review

    Shale drilling’s biggest effect on Ohio’s environment might not come from the wells themselves but from the many new pipelines they need. So says watershed expert Joe Bonnell of The Ohio State University, who will speak twice on his research looking into the Ohio shale industry’s environmental impacts at the Sept. ...


    By Ohio State University

  • PetroSense Exhibiting at the SHALE EnviroSafe Conference

    PetroSense at the SHALE EnviroSafe, Complimentary VIP Pass, Oil & Gas professionals, Clean Gulf, environmental health & safety, Industrial Fire Safety & Security. On November 14-15, 2012, more than 500 unconventional oil & gas professionals from across the United States ...


    By PetroSense, Inc

  • TRC Joins Marcellus Shale Coalition

    TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) has joined the Marcellus Shale Coalition to support the responsible development of natural gas resources from the Marcellus and ...


    By Marketwire

  • Marcellus shale beneath Washington county

    The commercial discovery of natural gas in the Marcellus shale beneath Washington County in 2004 has set off the biggest Pennsylvania land rush in the 150 years since Col. Edwin Drake drilled the world's first oil well in Venango County. Marcellus is a rock formation that runs a mile underground from New York through Pennsylvania and on south to Tennessee. Geologists believe the ...


    By Universal HDD

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