Brian Horsfield about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing

April 2013, Interview

Brian Horsfield about SHIP

August 2012, Video (4:27) 

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is partner of the Science Year 2012 “Project Earth: Our Future”.


Interview with BGR President Hans-Joachim Kümpel: „Fracking: Justifiably controversial?“



On Saturday 14th June, 2014, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim, President of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), was interviewed on the RBB Inforadio programme "zwolfzweiundzwanzig“, on the topic: fracking - justifiably[...]read more

Can larger earthquakes be related to disposal wells?


Induced Seismicity

Presentation of the publication by Sumy et al (2014) by Prof. Dr. Horst Rüter This article is particularly notable because it reports on the largest event to date related to gas extracted from the bedrock with a magnitude of M5.7. The team of[...]read more

Do induced earthquakes occur during hydraulic fracturing after all?


Induced Seismicity

Presentation of the publication by Austin A. Holland (2013) by Prof. Dr. Horst Rüter This article is noteworthy for several reasons. It is also important for the discussion on induced seismicity in the context of the production of gas from shale[...]read more

New SHIP expert


Generic, Induced Seismicity

Prof. Horst Rüter is President of HarbourDom Consulting, Cologne, Germany after 32 years as head of the Geophysics Department of DMT. He nurtured the growth of this or-ganization from a small research group of the German coal mining to one of[...]read more

Shale Gas in Europe: potential benefits or unpredictable risks?



In recent years, the energy potential of unconventional gas reservoirs and especially shale gas has prompted strong interest from governments, business, and research sectors, leading to growing investments in exploration and development. In light of[...]read more

Second report on shale resources in the Weald Basin by BGS and DECC



The British Geological Survey (BGS), in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate of the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Weald Basin in southeast England. Five units within the Jurassic[...]read more

Newsletter May 2014



Dear Reader,Today we would like to inform you about some of the latest news on SHIP. A new section “Public Perception, from a scientific perspective’ has been launched under our ‘the Debate’ section. In this section, we’ve published an article by[...]read more

GTI is establishing a Hydraulic Fracture Test Site to increase shale environmental safety and stimulation efficiency


Generic, Hydraulic Fracturing

The Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site (HFTS) is a proposed field-based hydraulic fracturing research program for horizontal shale wells with overall objectives of: Minimizing potential environmental impactsImproving performance and cost[...]read more

Announcement: GeoShale 2014



The Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute is organizing its second scientific conference dedicated to fine-grained sediments – GeoShale 2014 (24-26 Sep., 2014, Warsaw). The broad spectrum of applications submitted to date shows[...]read more

Measurements taken using aircraft point to high emissions during the drilling phase in the Marcellus shale formation


Climate Impact

Dr. Thorsten Warneke discusses the following scientific paper by Caulton et al. (2014) The article “Towards a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development”, by Caulton et al., published in the Proceedings[...]read more

Getting ready for UK shale gas



A new report on the shale gas supply chain discusses the potentially huge economic benefits to the UK economy and measures to minimise the environmental impact of shale gas. Shale gas could create a new onshore supply chain market for equipment,[...]read more

Research at GFZ: Characterizing the water-rock interactions of sediments under in-situ conditions


Water Protection

The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) is working towards a better understanding of the geological factors controlling the composition of flowback and produced water from shales. Senior scientist Dr. Vieth-Hillebrand emphasises the[...]read more

Chemicals in ‘fracking’ for the extraction of unconventional natural gas resources


Water Protection

Authors: Martin Elsner1, Carsten Vogt2, Anett Georgi2, Frank-Dieter Kopinke2, Wolfgang Calmano3, Kathrin Schreglmann1, Axel Bergmann4, Bernhard Mayer5, Franziska D.H.Wilke6 The "Chemicals in Hydrofracking for Natural Gas Extraction"[...]read more

Third status report on the implementation of recommendations made by an independent body of experts.



At a meeting on 1st April, 2014, experts from ExxonMobile and other specialists presented their results on the implementation of hydrofracking risk assessment within the framework of the third status report from ExxonMobil. After a short[...]read more

Official greenhouse gas inventories underestimate methane emissions.


Climate Impact

Dr. Thorsten Warneke discusses the following scientific paper by Brandt et al. (2014) The article "Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems", published by Brandt et al. in the Policy Forum of the journal Science, compiles[...]read more

"Together about Shales” in 2014



The information and educational project “Together about shales” ["Razem o łupkach" / "A consensus on shale gas"] is just gathering its momentum. The shale gas situation is dynamically improving in Poland; changes in the Ministry[...]read more

How to apply European Commission Recommendations in real life: Stara Kiszewa case study


Legislation, Generic

Author: Michal Tarka Lawyer and doctoral candidate at Faculty of Law, Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznań,Poland As an expert for the “Together about shales” programme financed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection (NFEP), I[...]read more

New expert for unconventional gas resources


Generic, Operations

Mathias Mitschanek is a PhD. candidate at the Montan University Leoben, Austria, at the department for Deep Drilling Technique. His current research project is modeling a shale gas field development using system dynamics and predictive analysis[...]read more

Newsletter February 2014



Dear Reader,Today we would like to inform you about the latest news on SHIP. The expert article on ‘The Debate’ regarding shale gas in the Netherlands has been updated by Yvonne Schavemaker. Shale Gas in the Netherlands Michal Tarka, lawyer and[...]read more

New SHIP expert



Philipp M. Richter is a research associate and doctoral student at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Philipp studied International Economics in Tübingen and Lyon as well as Environmental Economics at the University of[...]read more

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