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The geotechnical and geo-environmental challenges of fracking in the UK are surmountable - Yes or No? London

Event organised by The British Geotechnical Association

17 September 2014
19:15 - 21:15 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking", is a technique for recovering oil and gas from shale rocks.

Shale gas extraction is widespread in the US and has been credited by some with reducing the cost of energy and in turn helping the country's recovery from the recent economic crisis.

The British Geological Survey estimates there may be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas present in the north of England compared to a current annual UK consumption of 3 trillion cubic of natural gas.

If 10% of the estimated reserves could be recovered, shale gas offers the potential for the UK to be energy independent for decades to come.

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Pauline Arundel