Fracking: Embrace or ban the F-word? Glasgow

10 December, 2015 | 18:00 - 19:30

Should we welcome fracking or ban it altogether?
Should we welcome fracking or ban it altogether?

About this event

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of breaking up shale underneath the Earth's surface to extract natural gas supplies. A series of holes are drilled into the ground, which are then pumped with a water/chemical mixture to create a pressure that forces the natural gas out of fissures in the shale into previously-built wells for extraction.

In the UK, drilling for shale gas is at only the exploratory phase, but the rapid development of shale gas resources in North America has transformed the world gas-market outlook. The consensus seems to be that shale gas will not be a 'game changer' in the UK as in the US.

Fracking for natural gas has become a hotly debated issue, as industry leaders highlight the benefits of natural gas over other energy sources, such as coal and health and environmental groups question its safety.

This debate will help inform the members of the audience about the topic, from both a technical and environmental perspective and also covering the wider energy supply context and the role in economic growth.

The moderator and speakers will be:

  • Prof Peter Cameron - Director of Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee (chairman of the event)
  • Prof Colin McInnes - Professor of Engineering Science, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Keith Baker - Research Associate, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Robert Westaway - Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Please arrive at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.


For further information please contact:

Manuel Neves