04 Jun '11, 7am

Local fights abt shale gas are suddenly everywhere: US UK Question: is there a clearing house?

WWF welcomed the decision by the French politicians yesterday to ban 'fracking' and called on the Government to follow their lead, given current environmental concerns around shale gas extraction. 'Fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique used to extract shale gas from rock by injecting chemicals, water and sand into shale rock formations under high pressure. Environmental concerns around the process include the contamination of water supplies by the fracking fluids and from gas leaking into water supplies, creating risks of explosions. Additionally, recent research suggests that, instead of leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions as its proponents have suggested, shale gas could have greenhouse gas footprint which is significantly worse than conventional gas and which is as bad as or worse than coal. Jenny Banks, Energy and Climate Change Policy Officer at WWF...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/press_conta...

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businessgreen.com 13 Jun '11, 8am

"There are currently no active shale gas operations in progress in the UK – the Blackpool operation is currently paused – ...