Dart Plans Shale Drilling in U.K.’s Bowland Prospect Next Year

Shale-rich Spanish region votes to ban fracking

Dutch Geological Survey European Shale Gas Argument Map, comparing the pros and cons of exploiting shale gas. It is European-focussed, but most of the arguments apply broadly.

The press release and link to the map can be found here.

China slow to tap shale-gas bonanza

New York Times Opinion:


The Facts on Fracking


Environmentalists should consider the pros and cons of fracking in comparison with other technologies.

February, 2012: Price Waterhouse on UK shale oil

With shale gas exploitation having been given the go-ahead in the UK, the BBC have published an article on its prospects, benefits and dangers from a variety of perspectives.

The interviewees are: Prof. Richard Davies (Durham Energy Institute), Monica Cristina (Shale Gas Europe), Helen Rimmer (Friends of the Earth) and Prof. Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research).

The article can be found here:

Shale Gas Market Prospects in EuropePoland Set to Lead Regional Development Backed by Government Support to Domestic as well as International Players for Fracking

Santos reports first commercial shale gas production in Australia. The shales in question are Permian lacustrine shales located in the Cooper Basin, South Australia.

Anti-fracking movies blasted


US shale gas drives up coal exports

Manchester Tyndall Centre, 29th October 2012

A report by researchers at The University of Manchester has concluded that
whilst the US is burning less coal due to shale gas production, millions of
tonnes of unused coal are being exported to the UK, Europe and Asia. As a
result, the emissions benefits of switching fuels are overstated.

The report can be downloaded directly here:

Reuters: Britain may soon start new shale gas licensing round:

Yesterday (Mon. 29th Oct, 2012), the BBC World Service ‘Business Daily’ show broadcast a piece about hydraulic fracturing:



Fracking Debate

‘Business Daily’, BBC World Service, 29th October 2012

A top Chevron executive argues that hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is safe and does not cause contamination of water supplies. Lesley Curwen talks to Ian MacDonald, vice-president of the energy company Chevron, for Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East. Asked whether fracking causes earthquakes, he says not to worry since any seismic activity would be ‘a bit like a truck going past your house.’ But Jan Kozderka, from Stop Hydraulic Fracturing, a pressure group in the Czech Republic, says that fracking should be permanently banned because of concerns about water contamination and the possibility of earthquakes.

If you’re interested in listening to it, the podcast can be downloaded here: