Shale gas policy position

Shale gas extraction is controversial and divisive. ICE contributes its informed expertise on the issue in this paper.

Shale gas exploration
Shale gas exploration

Shale gas is an underground resource exploited through a process called hydraulic fracturing. In recent years the UK Government has supported the exploration of shale gas reserves due to the:

  • Transformational impact of shale gas in the US
  • Discovery of potentially exploitable reserves in the UK
  • Debate around the affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation of the UK’s energy

This paper provides a civil engineering perspective on the issues and solutions.

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