Shale Gas

This category contains 18 posts

One hole in Lancashire: How Cuadrilla fracked it up

That Cuadrilla’s application to frack in Lancashire has been recommended for rejection may have come as some surprise to the ‘London bubble’. Some of the commentariat certainly seemed surprised and responded by accusing Nimbys of selfishness and, quite ridiculously, potentially causing blackouts, as in Andrew Critchlow’s histrionic column in the Daily Telegraph. But should we be surprised by … Continue reading

UK gives backing for fracking: What’s next?

After an 18-month hiatus, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has given the green light to resume shale gas exploratory ‘fracking’. Tim Probert explores the next steps towards the UK’s ambition to create a shale gas revolution. This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Materials World. There has been no end … Continue reading

Mike Hill on Shale Gas Regulation excerpt

Mike Hill is an independent chartered engineer based in Lytham St Annes, close to Cuadrilla Resources’ shale gas activities in West Lancashire. Having worked as an oil & gas engineer, Hill is concerned about potential environmental damage from ‘fracking’ and has spent much of his time and money attempting to make UK authorities take the … Continue reading

Shale gas cowboys could ‘lose’ toxic water without checks, warns engineer

Shale gas firms could find the temptation to save millions by falsely under-reporting volumes of ‘fracking’ flowback fluid too strong to resist without strong regulation, according to a Lancashire-based engineer familiar with the industry. To extract natural gas from shale rock a technique called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is used. Millions of gallons of fluid comprising … Continue reading