Fracking: concerns over ‘UK’s ability to forecast drilling-linked earthquakes’

Scientists say little progress has been made in reducing the risk of drilling-induced earthquakes

US kids born near fracking sites more at risk of leukaemia, new study finds

Yale scientists believe that fracking can release chemicals that can be associated with the risk of childhood cancer

Business Secretary: “We will not be blackmailed by dictators with their hands on the gas taps”

Kwasi Kwarteng has highlighted the need for the UK to be prepared for any energy supply scenario – however extreme

UK launches review of latest science on fracking

The government said it would be guided by science on shale gas but in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it was ‘absolutely right that we explore all possible domestic energy sources’

Nearly a quarter of Brits ‘live above unused coal mines with low carbon heat potential’

The water from flooded mines can be used as a sustainable heat source, according to the British Geological Survey and the Coal Authority

Fracking: UK shale gas reserves ‘significantly lower than previous estimates’

The new research suggests only under 10 years worth of gas supply is available at the current rate of consumption instead of 50 years

Frack buddies – scientists’ clue to cheaper shale gas

Methane isn’t the only gas you can extract with fracking – there are several other types trapped in shale rock which drillers could make money from. Recently published research on samples from Lancashire’s Bowland shale rock has suggested gas explorers may be missing a trick when it comes to these Non-Methane Hydrocarbons (NMHCs). Changes to […]

‘Billions of barrels of shale oil’ in southern England

There are “billions of barrels” of oil in shale rocks under large parts of southern England, according to a new report. A study of the South by the British Geological Survey (BGS), extending from Salisbury in the west to Ashford in the east, maps out the vast areas that could potentially be targeted for fracking. […]

New online tool maps out sites for CO2 storage

A new online tool mapping out potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been launched by The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey. The upgrade to the ‘CO2 Stored’ website will give easier access to information about the capacity and characteristics of possible storage locations under the UK’s seabed. Users will be […]

Cuadrilla plans more shale gas drilling

Drilling firm Cuadrilla Resources hopes to frack for shale gas at six new sites in Lancashire near Blackpool (pictured). Giving another sign that it wants to gear up its activity, the firm announced today it will “over time” apply for consent to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the gas flow at up to six new […]