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Although only about ten per cent of the gas is in unpopulated areas suitable for extraction, it would still be worth £150 billion... The level of untapped shale gas will be confirmed next month in a study by the British Geological Survey... Ministers are then likely to give the go-ahead for drilling, hoping the enormous economic benefits can win over environmental concerns.

2012-11-05


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Although only about ten per cent of the gas is in unpopulated areas suitable for extraction, it would still be worth £150 billion... The level of untapped shale gas will be confirmed next month in a study by the British Geological Survey... Ministers are then likely to give the go-ahead for drilling, hoping the enormous economic benefits can win over environmental concerns.

2012-11-04


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Britain expects to issue a new estimate of its shale gas reserves in the Bowland formation in the north before end-2012, followed by a more comprehensive figure for the whole of the country in 2013, the energy ministry said on Monday... The department has commissioned the British Geological Survey (BGS) to quantify domestic shale reserves.

2012-10-16


Shale gas
Concerns have been raised in the North West area about subsidence relating to shale gas extraction. The British Geological Survey considers that the risk of significant subsidence is very low. Oil and gas production from conventional …

2012-09-24


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Britain has a 'massive opportunity' to satisfy our growing energy demands cheaply if the Government gets behind controversial shale gas, claims the Institute of Directors... Britain's shale gas reserves were estimated at 5.3 trillion cubic feet in 2010 by the British Geological Survey.

2012-09-21


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Hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' has had a bad press in the US; the chief worries there and elsewhere are methane contamination of groundwater, and earthquakes. The film 'Gasland' illustrated gas being ignited in someone's kitchen sink. Some of the worries are no doubt justified: badly managed hydraulic fracturing and well design have recently been shown by the US Environmental Protection Agency to have contaminated water wells in Wyoming1... Prof. Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey.

2012-09-13


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In the last decade, improved extraction techniques have made it more practicable and less costly to extract gas from shale deposits... The Chatham House report says that US shale gas operations have been 'remarkably' free of the regulations that would apply in the UK. Professor Michael Stephenson of the British Geological Survey (BGS) believes that the problem lies in poor well design and construction, both of which are tightly regulated by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

2012-09-11


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Assessing Production Potential And Determining The Feasibility Of Operating Onshore

2012-08-20


Shale Gas World
Prof Mike Stephenson, BGS Head of Energy, will chair the Shale Gas World conference on 27 - 29 November 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. http://www.terrapinn.com

2012-08-13


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Shale gas could 'turn the world of energy upside-down' and even fundamentally change international geopolitics, suggested Professor Mike Stephenson of the British Geological Survey (BGS) yesterday, but until the peer-reviewed data is in, we need to reserve judgement...Yesterday's open lecture on shale gas in the UK at London's Geological Society on shale gas in the UK was a welcome intervention in a debate which has been dominated by overcooked rhetoric on all sides. http://www.carbonbrief.org/

2012-06-19


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DECC will today publish an independent expert report recommending measures to mitigate the risks of seismic tremors from hydraulic fracturing - and is inviting public comment on its recommendations... (Download reports co-authored by Dr Brian Baptie, Head of Earthquake Seismology, British Geological Survey).

2012-04-17


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The future of the contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking', in the UK will come under the spotlight on Tuesday with the release of a fresh report on the shale gas drilling that experts say triggered two minor earthquakes near Blackpool last year... The Department of Energy and Climate Change then commissioned a separate report by scientists from bodies including the British Geological Survey and Keele University.

2012-04-15


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Rich deposits of gas have been discovered under the rolling countryside of Melton and the Vale of Belvoir. Shale gas, a natural gas contained in rocks hundreds of millions of years old, has been found by geologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS), just over the Leicestershire border at Keyworth, in Nottinghamshire, as part of ongoing geological survey work.

2012-03-28


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Shale gas deposits in the East Midlands could give the region a boost but environmentalists are expressing concern... Ed Hough is a geologist, based at the British Geological Survey HQ at Keyworth in Nottinghamshire...He showed me box 14189. It contained rock drilled at Duffield, just north of Derby...

2012-03-23


Shale Gas Project
Exploration and production of shale gas from onshore UK requires the operator to obtain licenses from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The operator must also meet a number of strict regulatory requirements set by the …

2012-01-25


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Lancashire planning officials to reveal shale gas fracking recommendations. The British Geological Survey has said it will carry out independent analysis of fracking, monitoring groundwater, air quality, seismic activity and ground movements at the two sites if they are given planning permission.

2012-01-21


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It is 'extremely unlikely' shale gas drilling in Lancashire could contaminate ground water supplies, a leading geologist has said...Campaigners are concerned drilling may pollute drinking water with methane...Professor Mike Stephenson of the British Geological Survey said most experts thought the process, known as fracking, was a 'pretty safe activity'...

2012-01-10


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It is 'extremely unlikely' that ground water supplies would be polluted by methane as a result of controversial 'fracking' for shale gas, UK geologists have said...But Professor Mike Stephenson, of the British Geological Survey, said most geologists thought it was a 'pretty safe activity' and the risks associated with it were low.

2012-01-10


John Ludden
BGS has this week released new web pages and videos which include an abundance of information on shale gas.Shale gas is considered to be a potentially important resource that is tightly bound in sediments which geologists call “black shale”.

2011-12-16


Baseline groundwater sampling
The British Geological Survey is undertaking a new project to establish the baseline of methane levels in groundwater throughout the UK. Evidence from the USA has shown very high methane concentrations in groundwater in areas of shale gas …

2011-12-16

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