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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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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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INEOS realigns portfolio, grabs shale gas to boost position as chemical sector giant: IHS Markit

INEOS, a global manufacturer of commodity and intermediate chemicals with annual revenues last year of $40 billion, is poised to strengthen its position as a global chemical industry giant once it realizes the benefits of two major investments. These initiatives include imports of U.S. natural gas liquids (NGLs) and investment in UK shale gas, says…

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Prospects for shale gas development in Europe: Report

Europe is particularly well suited for the development and use of natural-gas resources because of its large market, established pipeline infrastructure, increasing demand for energy, and its current dependence on natural-gas imports. Issues surrounding shale liquids and gas development in Europe are substantially different from those encountered in North America. In Europe, population density is…

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