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”.


SHIP-Workshop in Berlin on 26th April, 2013



The “4th International Geosciences Student Conference — Inspiring Change” is taking place at Freie Universität Berlin from 25th to 28th April, 2013. Within this conference, the Shale Gas Information Platform SHIP will present a half-day workshop on[...]read more

Announcement: Roundtable discussion on hydraulic fracturing in Berlin



The German Helmholtz Association invites to a public roundtable discussion on hydraulic fracturing on April 15, 2013, 6:30 pm in Berlin. The discussion will be held in German language. Please visit the website for further information (in German[...]read more

New study finds hydraulic fracturing is "not significant" in causing earthquakes


Induced Seismicity

A new study of hundreds of thousands of hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") operations has found that the process has only caused earth tremors that could be felt on the surface in three cases. Hydraulic fracturing is the method by which[...]read more

International Lithosphere Program Task Force X - The Unconventionals



One of the Task Forces of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP) works on the "The Unconventionals". The name refers to the fossil energy systems under focus, and not necessarily the professional outlook nor fashion consciousness of[...]read more

Water quality and hydraulic fracturing: new studies - ongoing discussion.


Water Protection

Impact on surface waters  A recent modeling study focuses on the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and estimates the effect of shale gas wells and the release of treated shale gas waste by permitted treatment facilities on observed downstream[...]read more

Good industry practice in shale gas operations



Two ‘Best Practice’ guides were published earlier this year: the first by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a global provider of risk management knowledge, and the second by the UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), the representative body for the UK onshore[...]read more

Launch of European Shale Gas Arguments Map by TNO, Lambert van Nistelrooij (MEP) and GFZ Potsdam



On 19 February the “European Shale Gas Arguments Map” containing the pros and cons of shale gas production in EU Member States was launched in the European Parliament. The map provides the foundation for open discussion and helps the user make a[...]read more

Carbon footprint: shale gas and the natural gas sector


Climate Impact

Production of shale gas Discussion on the carbon footprint of shale gas production is ongoing, with another study (Shale gas production: potential versus actual greenhouse gas emissions) published by MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology[...]read more

German geologic survey criticizes government study on hydraulic fracturing risks



The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) has recently responded to a study on the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, issued by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) in September, 2012. As[...]read more

USGS study: no significant effects on groundwater quality from shale gas development


Water Protection

A study that examined the water quality of 127 shallow domestic wells in the Fayetteville Shale natural gas production area of Arkansas (U.S.) found no groundwater contamination associated with gas production, according to a report released on 9th[...]read more

Understanding and mitigating induced seismicity: research papers and best-practice protocols


Induced Seismicity

Research papers Many recent reports state that larger (magnitude >2) induced seismic events related to shale gas hydraulic fracturing operations occur only in low numbers, and the associated risks are considered minor. Although occurrences are[...]read more

UK: exploration resumes with new controls to mitigate seismic risks


Generic, Induced Seismicity

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced on the 13th December that exploratory hydraulic fracturing for shale gas can resume in the UK, subject to new controls aimed at mitigating the risks of seismic activity. These include a[...]read more

Lack of transparency impacts on hydraulic fracturing research



Transparency is at the heart of good scientific practice, and the disclosure of researchers’ possible conflicts of interests an important component of transparency. Lack of transparency has now led to the withdrawal of of the study[...]read more

“Environmental impacts caused by fracking” addressed in German conference



Proper access to all available data is a prerequisite for a sound evaluation of the potential risks related to future shale gas development in Germany. To improve access to available data, German mining authorities as well as industry should examine[...]read more

World Energy Outlook 2012: Unconventional gas production increases strongly to 2035



"While the regional picture for natural gas varies, the global outlook over the coming decades looks to be bright, as demand increases by 50% to 5 trillion cubic metres in 2035. Nearly half of the increase in production to 2035 is from[...]read more

Shale gas and global carbon emissions


Climate Impact

The report  "Has US Shale Gas Reduced CO2 Emissions?" from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research calls for a meaningful cap on global carbon emissions in order to take full advantage of the potential benefits from a[...]read more

Towards a global standard of shale gas risk management



DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is developing a Recommended Practice (RP) for the entire life cycle of shale gas extraction, based on risk management principles. The RP shall provide a reference document for the independent verification of shale gas[...]read more

Discussion forum on German water law and hydraulic fracturing



The institute of German and European water law (IDEW) at Trier university in Germany organized a discussion forum on "Fracking and [German] water law". The forum was held on 19 september 2012 in Cologne. The director of IDEW, Prof. M.[...]read more

New European Commission studies on possible consequences of exploiting shale gas


Water Protection, Climate Impact, Legislation

The European Commission (EC) has commissioned three studies to investigate the possible consequences of exploiting shale gas. The studies were published on 7 September, 2012 and look at the potential effects of unconventional fuels on energy[...]read more

Further German risk study: conditions for safe hydraulic fracturing


Generic, Water Protection

In addition to the recent shale gas risk study of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, another risk study was published by the environmental and economic ministries of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This study (weblink to[...]read more

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