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is it safe to proceed with fracking in the UK?

Speakers:
Professor Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS (Chair of the working group), Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cambridge University
Professor Zoe Shipton, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Dr John Roberts CBE FREng, Former CEO, Merseyside and North Wales Electricity Board
Professor Hywel Thomas FREng FRS, Director, Cardiff Uni Geoenvironmental Research Centre

While hydraulic fracturing is an established technology that has been used in the oil and gas industries for many decades, its use for primary extraction of shale gas is relatively new and exploration licences are still pending in the UK. At the request of the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir John Beddington, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society set out to review the available scientific and engineering evidence. The result was a new report: Shale gas extraction in the UK: a review of hydraulic fracturing.

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