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”.


Preese Hall shale gas fracturing revisited: recommendations for induced seismic mitigation.


Induced Seismicity

An expert report on the seismic events experienced in the UK Blackpool area last year during hydraulic fracturing operations at Preese Hall was published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 17. April 2012 (see DECC website[...]read more

France: shale gas R&D recommended, commission on hydraulic fracturing implemented



A government report recommending concrete steps in shale oil and gas R&D was published on March 21, 2012 together with a decree on the implementation of a commission for the evaluation of environmental risks related to hydraulic fracturing and[...]read more

Reinhard Hüttl, GFZ´s Scientific Executive Director, welcomes SHIP



Welcome!  Why is the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences concerning itself with fossil energy sources? Apart from a purely scientific interest in the carbon cycle, the different types and compositions of hydrocarbons, and an[...]read more

Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure made compulsory in Texas and Colorado



Disclosure of fracturing fluids is required in Texas for wells with an initial drilling permit issued on or after Feb. 1, 2012, and in Colorado for wells where hydraulic fracturing treatments are performed on or after April 1, 2012. The new rules[...]read more

Scientists evaluate hydraulic fracturing



As part of ExxonMobil Production Deutschland GmbH´s information and dialogue process on potential risks and the environmental impact of unconventional gas production, a national scientist panel discussed its draft results with national and[...]read more

Lithuania to Consider Shale Gas



A Regional Energy Conference held on February 29 in Vilnius focused on “Shale Gas and Oil as Potential Game Changers in the Energy Market in the Baltic States and Poland”. The conference was organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,[...]read more

Polish study: hydraulic fracturing safe for the environment


Operations, Water Protection

A study initiated by the Polish Ministry of the Environment concluded that no negative impact on soil, air or water occurs when exploration of shale gas is conducted in accordance with Polish legislation. The investigation accompanied hydraulic[...]read more

New study shows no evidence of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing


Water Protection, Legislation

[Update Dec. 2012: Study was withdrawn] Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in the study Fact-Based Regulation for[...]read more

European Commission publishes study on shale gas legal framework



On 27 January 2012 the European Commission published the Final Report on Unconventional Gas in Europe, addressing the licensing and permitting procedures for shale gas projects. Based on a sample of four Member States (France, Germany, Poland and[...]read more

Final version of best practice guide on induced seismicity in geothermal operations


Induced Seismicity

The U.S. Department of Energy published the final version of the "Protocol for Addressing Induced Seismicity Associated with Enhanced Geothermal Systems". The Protocol summarizes the results of three international workshops on the topic[...]read more

First workshop of Unconventional Gas Research Initiative (UGRI), Delft



The first UGRI Workshop was held on December 9, 2011 in Delft. The workshop focused on the dialog with E&P professionals and knowledge partners on the technology challenges that need innovative solutions for environmentally safe and profitable[...]read more

U.S. EPA Wyoming Groundwater Study published


Water Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a draft of its report Investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming for public comment and independent scientific peer-review. The draft report indicates that ground[...]read more

Marcellus Gas Drilling Impact on Drinking Water


Water Protection

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has published the study "The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies." The report states that "statistical analyses of post-drilling versus pre-drilling water chemistry did[...]read more

Draft best practice guide on induced seismicity in geothermal operations published


Induced Seismicity

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and U.S. Department of Energy commissioned "Protocol for Addressing Induced Seismicity Associated with Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)". It summarizes the results of three international workshops on[...]read more

Report on seismic events in Lancashire (UK) published


Induced Seismicity

Cuadrilla Resources, the British company exploring natural shale gas in the Bowland Basin in Lancashire, has today released the findings of a report that was commissioned following unusual seismic activity near Poulton-le-Fylde in April and May[...]read more

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