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Risks and realities: Shale Gas, geology and public opinion

07 June 2012

Like GM crops, could public opinion kill shale gas in the UK and beyond? The now polarised debate in the UK has largely ignored 20 years of shale gas data from the USA.
Richard will review data from thousands of hydraulic fracturing operations and also review the history of anthropogenic stimulation of earthquakes to help inform regulators’, NGOs, the public, engineers and geoscientists on shale gas risk and appropriate safeguards.

Presented by: Richard Davies Professor of Energy at Durham University and Director of Durham Energy Institute.



As a preview to the event, Professor Davies has been interviewed for PE magazine about his recent research which indicates that fracking for shale gas should only take place at least 600m down from aquifers used for water supplies.
http://profeng.com/news/controversial-fracking-risks-quantified

Richard Davies spent seven years in the petroleum industry in Aberdeen, London and Houston with ExxonMobil working on development and exploration projects. Richard's main role at Durham University has been in building cross-department and cross faculty research in energy. This started in the field of geo-energy (e.g. fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage) and more recently has been across a spectrum of energy research, with the development of Durham Energy Institute (DEI).

From 2007 to 2011 he led an international team to establish the trigger for the earth's most destructive well blowout in Indonesia. Now he leads a geoscience team researching the geological risks associated with shale gas exploration and development.

A independent government panel of experts has advised that 'fracking' for shale gas should continue in Britain, though under more rigorous conditions. The public opinion of shale gas excavation is low amid fears that fracking causes seismic side effects. But what are the risks? Richard Davies, Professor of Energy at Durham University, speaks on shale gas and public opinion at One Birdcage Walk in June.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17726538

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Risks and realities: Shale Gas, geology and public opinion

: Presented by: Richard Davies, Professor of Energy at Durham University and Director of Durham Energy Institute.

Richard Davies spent seven years in the petroleum industry in Aberdeen, London and Houston with ExxonMobil working on development and exploration projects. Richard's main role at Durham University has been in building cross-department and cross faculty research in energy. This started in the field of geo-energy (e.g. fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage) and more recently has been across a spectrum of energy research, with the development of Durham Energy Institute (DEI).

From 2007 to 2011 he led an international team to establish the trigger for the earth’s most destructive well blowout in Indonesia. Now he leads a geoscience team researching the geological risks associated with shale gas exploration and development.

Duration: 01:00:00