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British Geological Survey (BGS)
New research from the University of Nottingham, supported by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and published in Nature Communications, has found through new, innovative techniques that resources within the Bowland Shale Formation could be lower than first thought.


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Methane has been detected at the BGS-University of Manchester air quality monitoring station near Cuadrilla’s shale gas operations at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, Lancashire.


Rock specimen of shale (P521463)
Risk-based approach to shale gas monitoring


Rock specimen of shale
A vacancy has arisen for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in shale gas and geochemistry to join a dynamic team at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.


Shale gas properties
In October 2016, the BGS, in association with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), completed an estimate for the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Jurassic of the Wessex area. This is an extension to the Weald Basin study in south-east England that was published on 23 May 2014.


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More than three years since the Government vowed to unleash an energy revolution by exploiting shale gas from the rocks deep beneath the north of England, it now looks as though Britain is finally on the verge of getting fracking. In June 2013, the British Geological Survey estimated that some 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas could be trapped within those shale rocks.


Monitoring of methane in groundwater
The overturning of Lancashire County Council's rejection for permission to drill for shale gas means that it's possible that shale gas may be extracted commercially in the area.


Professor Michael Stephenson
TIME: 12:00-13:00, Wednesday 6th July 2016. VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA. SPEAKER: Professor Michael Stephenson, Author, Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science behind the Controversy, and Director, Science and Technology, the British Geological Survey. To attend please RSVP to:


Sampling groundwater
The BGS is carrying out a science-based environmental monitoring programme in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, where a planning application to carry out hydraulic fracturing for shale gas has been submitted.


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Mike Stephenson presents 'Shale Gas and Fracking: the Science behind the Controversy' to the Central Scotland Region Group of the Geological Society


BGS staff member Michael Stephenson
Mike Stephenson presents 'Putting sub surface energy operations under scrutiny'.


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Mike Stephenson talks to the London School of Economics Energy Society about 'Shale Gas and Fracking: the Science behind the Controversy'


Mike Stephenson
In shale gas exploitation, most people are more worried about what goes on at the surface than deep underground. If you’ve never seen a drilling rig or a frack truck, it’s hard to imagine what it might be like to live up close to a fracking operation, but many people believe that shale gas fracking on a large scale counts as industrialization of the landscape. This article looks at the ground-level effects that people near fracking sites might experience.


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The UK government’s plan to fast-track shale gas planning applications through a new, dedicated planning process has brought into sharp relief the need for reliable data to inform the decision-making processes with regard to the granting or refusing of permits.


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The BGS has initiated a science-based environmental monitoring programme in The Fylde,Lancashire where planning applications were submitted by Cuadrilla for the development of shale gas. This monitoringis independent of the industry and regulators and represents the first independent, integrated monitoring programmeto characterise the environmental baseline in an area subject to interest from the shale gas industry.


The BGS are monitoring environmental baseline conditions in relation to potential shale gas development in the UK.


Prof Michael Stephenson
BGS Director of Science and Technology Prof Michael Stephenson will be speaking at this event.


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Poland’s dreams of diversifying its energy supplies with domestic shale gas suffered another serious blow this week as ConocoPhillips announced its decision to halt exploration following a series of poor results.


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The UK is actively looking at the potential production of shale gas and, as a result, the country’s extractive minerals industry is looking at the role it can play in providing minerals that could be used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking).


BGS Blogger
Dr Clement Uguna at work in the laboratoryMost people these days will have heard of shale gas.  It’s the unconventional gas stored within fine grained mud rocks and its extraction has been hitting the UK headlines over the last couple of years.


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