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UK engineering & scientific societies offer strong support for fracking

July 12, 2012

The UK Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineers issued a joint report on the ability to safely manage shale gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  Although the report finds the need for oversight and regulation, it delivers strong support for the practice and little support for fracking opponents.  Key findings of the report:

  • The health, safety and environmental risks can be managed effectively in the UK.
  • Fracture propagation is an unlikely cause of contamination.
  • Well integrity is the highest priority.
  • Robust monitoring is vital.
  • Seismic risks are low.
  • Water requirements can be managed sustainably
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