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”.


Importance of independent science in the shale gas debate



Mike Stephenson from the British Geological Survey has published a text on SHIP about the value of scientific studies to increase the quality of the debate and helping to focus minds on the risks that do matter, rather than those that are overblown[...]read more

German government study on hydraulic fracturing risks


Generic, Water Protection, Legislation

Hydraulic fracturing should not be banned, but its application should be allowed only with strict regulation in place. That is the bottom line of a comprehensive study (in German only) on the water-related environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing[...]read more

The 'Shale Gas Revolution': Developments and Changes



A comprehensive overview on current shale gas developments was published in August 2012 by Chatham House. The briefing paper "The 'Shale Gas Revolution': Developments and Changes" by Paul Stevens briefly summarizes an earlier report[...]read more

Scientific study on shale gas under scrutiny



[Update Dec. 2012: Study was withdrawn] A scientifc study on legal and evironmental issues related to hydraulic fracturing will be reviewed by its publishing institution, the Energy Institute at The University of Texas. The reason is that it[...]read more

Low gas leakage rate of unconventional gas wells suggested


Climate Impact

Natural gas as an energy source is well suited to mitigate global climate change and a good transition step on the road towards the use of low-carbon sources of energy. In a recent paper published in the journal "Geochemistry, Geophysics and[...]read more

Assessing the impact of natural gas on the greenhouse effect


Climate Impact

Natural gas energy is suitable for the mitigation of global climate change and can serve as a good transition step on the road towards greater use of low-carbon energy sources. In a recent paper published in the journal "Geochemistry,[...]read more

Study documents natural origin of enhanced salinity in Marcellus area groundwater


Water Protection

A Duke University study on well water in northeastern Pennsylvania suggests that naturally occurring pathways could have allowed salts and gases from the Marcellus shale formation deep underground to migrate up into shallow drinking water[...]read more

Safe distance between hydraulic fractures and groundwater


Water Protection, Induced Seismicity, Hydraulic Fracturing

Two studies have been published recently that give recommendations on safe distances between induced hydraulic fractures and shallow groundwater. They both build on the 2011 publication of comprehensive data on hydraulic fracture height growth from[...]read more

London University Workshop on Shale Gas and Renewable Energy



The University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES) hosted a workshop on 25 June 2012 to examine the prospects for shale gas and renewable energy in Central and Eastern Europe. This is a part of the world highly[...]read more

UK government report on hydraulic fracturing risks



The report of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering shale gas committee was published on 29 June 2012. It is a government commissioned, independent review of the scientific and engineering evidence relating to the technical aspects of the[...]read more

Shale gas in Germany: strong potential and controllable risks



The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) has published a comprehensive study (in German) on 25 June, 2012 that suggests great potential for shale gas in Germany: 0.7 to 2.3 tcm (trillion cubic meters) or 24.7 to[...]read more

SHIP: New experts and more content



SHIP welcomes four new members of the expert network who share their expertise on various aspects of shale gas, see below. Additionally, a new expert article on "The Importance of Wellbore Integrity for Groundwater Protection in Shale Gas Well[...]read more

Best Practice in Shale Gas: IEA “Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas”



The IEA (International Energy Association) has published its Special Report on Unconventional Gas, “Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas”.   This report calls for the “highest practicable environmental and social standards” possible. It[...]read more

Studies on underground fracturing fluid migration along faults


Water Protection

A recent study on the potential migration of contaminants from hydraulically fractured gas shales through overlying, naturally fractured rock formations, has stirred some debate on the risk of groundwater contamination. While acknowledging[...]read more

Irish Environmental Protection Agency releases study on hydraulic fracturing



The Irish Environmental Protection Agency EPA has published a report from a preliminary study on current knowledge about the environmental considerations and impacts of shale gas exploration and extraction, and in particular the use of hydraulic[...]read more

Shale gas research paper collections



Insights into Shale Gas Exploration and Exploitation A collection of research papers on shale gas was published in March 2012 in a special issue "Insights into Shale Gas Exploration and Exploitation" in the journal Marine and Petroleum[...]read more

New SHIP expert and the Dutch perspective on shale gas



Yvonne Schavemaker of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO has joined the SHIP expert network. Yvonne works currently as Business Developer at TNO and is perfectly suited to be the main contact to SHIP because she is[...]read more

New US air standards for hydraulically fractured natural gas wells


Legislation, Climate Impact

The use of "reduced emissions completion (REC)", also known as “green completion”, has been prescribed for hydraulically fractured natural gas wells from Jan. 2015 onwards. This is part of the final rule on New Source Performance Standards[...]read more

New SHIP expert article on U.S. regulatory framework for shale gas


Legislation, Generic

Susan L. Sakmar has published a SHIP expert article "Overview of Environmental Issues and US Regulatory Framework Pertaining to US Shale Gas Development". Read the article here. Susan is licensed to practice law in California and has over[...]read more

Scientists publish recommendations for hydraulic fracturing in Germany


Operations, Hydraulic Fracturing

On April 25, 2012, in Osnabrück, Germany, an extended summary version of “Risikostudie Fracking” (study of fracking risks) was presented during the final conference of ExxonMobil´s “information and dialogue process on the potential risks and[...]read more

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