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Fracking for Shale Gas

University of London School of Advanced Study, December 2012

A video of the first workshop I carried out for the School of Advanced Study's Extreme Energy Initiative in December 2012, covering the technological and economic framework behind unconventional gas and oil in Britain.

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The Government in Westminster is pressing ahead with support for a new set of "unconventional" fossil fuel technologies in an attempt to boost the UK economy. These technologies – shale gas (also known as "fracking"), coalbed methane and underground coal gasification – have a problematic safety record, and are known to risk serious environmental contamination as a result of their operation. In this lecture we'll examine the technical details of these "extreme" energy technologies, what ecological risks they present, and the flaws in the reasoning behind the UK Government's support for these technologies.

Produced by the University of London School of Advanced Study's Extreme Energy Initiative.


The video is hosted on YouTube.


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