The Environment Agency spelt out today what it sees as the risks to water from a shale gas industry. In its report The State of the environment: water quality, the organisation included fracking as a potential threat.
The process was considered as a future pressure, alongside nano-particles, plastic pollution, particular chemicals of concern, population growth and climate change.
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Shale gas ranks among the least sustainable sources of electricity, according to research from a team of Manchester scientists.
Despite being banned by the Scottish government, fracking projects are currently being rolled out in other parts of the UK.
To determine the potential of shale gas extraction in the UK, the Government has stated it is “encouraging safe and environmentally sound exploration”.
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50+ events in February about fracking and onshore oil and gas in the UK including:
- Opening of Examination in Public of North Yorkshire Minerals and Waste Joint Plan;
- Derbyshire County Council sets its view on INEOS shale plans for Marsh Lane;
- INEOS, Fracking and You public meetings about INEOS plans in Yorkshire;
- Divest Barclays 10,000 week;
- Not for Shale awareness march;
- Latest government data on public attitudes to fracking.
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A groundbreaking study published Tuesday in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link, for the first time, between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas and earthquakes.
The report, Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismicity in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, confirms the horizontal drilling technique (which in essence creates an underground mini-earthquake to open up fissures for oil and gas extraction) is responsible for earthquakes, above and beyond what is already canonized in the scientific literature.
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