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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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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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