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BGS weas requested by the UK Government to address six questions related to recent scientific research on the hazard and risk from induced seismicity during hydraulic fracturing of shale rocks.
We provide independent, expert and impartial geological and environmental advice with continued monitoring and publication of the latest data.
The UK has a number of sites that have been explored for shale gas deposits.
Shale gas is extracted from microscopic pores in impermeable shale rock through a process called hydraulic fracturing.
Shale gas is natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Our role is to supply industry, government and the public with impartial geological and environmental advice in regards to shale gas in the UK.