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Speakers confirmed to date: Sintex Minerals International, British Geological Survey, Cuadrilla and more.
Mike is presently Head of Energy Science at the British Geological Survey and Deputy Director of the Nottingham Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage. He holds a PhD and MSc in Earth Science and has visiting Professorships at the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester. His main expertise is palynology and stratigraphy applied to petroleum geology and past climate change. Following his degree from Imperial College, Mike worked as a school teacher in Botswana for 10 years. He then completed an MSc and PhD at the University of Sheffield. He joined BGS in 1999 and became Head of Energy Science in 2008. He has represented BGS at Government level and regularly speaks on the national stage on energy issues including carbon capture and storage (CCS) and UK and world-wide shale gas resources.
The BGS already has some information on methane in groundwaters for a number of UK aquifers, collected since the 1980s. The current survey began in 2012, with initial sampling campaigns in aquifers in Lancashire and Cheshire south Wales and Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.
The work will continue with sampling in Northern Ireland, Northumberland and Yorkshire. These areas have been selected as they have been identified as areas underlain by potential shale gas resources.More about Baseline methane survey of UK groundwaters
Prof Mike Stephenson, BGS Head of Energy, will chair the Shale Gas World conference on 27 - 29 November 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. This comprehensive event from Europe's capital of shale gas will cover all aspects of shale gas including operations, technology, geology, policy, and environment.
We will be in the poster exhibition where you will be able to find out more about this valuable resource for planning hydrocarbon exploration on the UKCS. Visit the BGS stand (C18) for information on our research consortia, marine mapping, shale gas, IODP, carbon capture and storage and 3D demos.
Concerns have been raised about the possible future use of shale gas boreholes for disposal of radioactive waste.
Boreholes drilled for shale gas or for any other purpose will not be re-used for the disposal of radioactive waste.
The framework set out by the UK Government for implementing the geological disposal of radioactive waste clearly states that disposal will be carried out in specially mined vaults and that these will be constructed between 200 and 1000 metres below ground. Borehole disposal in shale or any other rock type therefore falls outside the parameters set by the UK Government.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) undertakes research on the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste for a number of international organisations. This includes the study of clays, shales and mudrocks as potential host rocks for mined vaults. However, until a community voluntarily decides to take part in the process that will ultimately provide a site for a deep geological disposal facility, the BGS is not undertaking radioactive waste related research on any UK rock formations.
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BGS's, Dr Nick Riley is one of the speakers at this event.
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 hydrocarbon reservoirs can result in subsidence during fluid extraction. Subsidence may also occur above mines where minerals such as coal are extracted.
However, significant subsidence is unlikely in shale gas extraction mainly because of the properties of the shale and the very great exploitation depth. The chances of small amounts of subsidence being transmitted several kilometres to the surface are very low. Claims of subsidence causing land around Blackpool to sink below sea level are without scientific evidence.
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Prof Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy at the British Geological Survey will present a course on "Sedimentary organic matter: characterization and applications"
The course will be held at the University of Milan, 19-21 September 2012.
It includes sections on
It will be aimed mainly at Italian PhD students, but is open to all. Researchers and professionals in sedimentology, stratigraphy and the hydrocarbons industry may be interested.
Contact Mike Stephenson for more details.
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