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UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells

Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK’s largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research. Researchers from the ReFINE (Research Fracking in Europe) consortium looked at the impact of existing and immovable infrastructure – such as buildings, roads…

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Australia’s Battle of Beetaloo

Some are calling it the Battle for Beetaloo. Beetaloo is an energy-rich El Dorado, a little known region in the remote Australian outback which, according to miners, can solve Australia’s natural gas problems for the next 30 years if not longer. Energy poor Asia is also hungry for its hidden riches even if caring even less…

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Pennsylvania health industry pleads with gas lobby to embrace methane controls

A group representing Pennsylvania doctors, nurses and other health care professionals has sent a letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, requesting that it stop legal challenges and lobbying against regulations aimed at controlling drilling air emissions and safeguarding public health. The one-page letter to the shale gas drilling industry’s major Pennsylvania lobbying organization states that…

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Scotland’s govt starts fracking and shale gas consultation

The Scottish Government has begun consulting on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland, including on hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, and coal bed methane extraction. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “As most of Scotland’s unconventional oil and gas deposits occur in and around former coalfields and oil shale fields in Scotland’s Central Belt,…

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US ‘must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, natural gas reserves': Trump Policy

Shortly after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the White House posted the administration’s “America First Energy Plan” on its website. While lacking specifics about how the plan will be implemented, the plan does lay out a foundation for US energy policy for at least the next four years. Key highlights from the plan include: Eliminating “harmful…

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Scotland Govt Report: Inadequate evidence on shale risk to public health

A report commissioned by the Scottish Government to help determine its position on fracking has found there is “inadequate” evidence to determine whether shale oil and gas extraction would pose a risk to public health. The Government commissioned six reports into different effects of introducing onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) in Scotland. But…

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Overview of South Africa’s readiness to support the shale gas industry

The discovery and exploitation of very large shale gas reserves in countries like the US have transformed the energy market. South Africa may also possess potentially large resources of shale gas. This could have a significant positive impact on the country’s energy balance should it be decided to exploit these resources. The exploitation of these key…

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