29 June 2012 12:46 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, can be managed effectively in the UK as long as operational best practices are implemented and robustly enforced through regulation, the Royal Academy of Engineering said on Friday.
Robert Mair, chair of the academy’s fracking review working group said: "There has been much speculation around the safety of shale gas extraction following examples of poor practice in the ?xml:namespace>
“We found that well integrity is of key importance but the most common areas of concern, such as the causation of earthquakes with any significant impact or fractures reaching and contaminating drinking water, were very low risk,” he added.
However, Mair said that hydraulic fracturing is not completely risk-free.
“Strong regulation and robust monitoring systems must be put in place and best practice strictly enforced if the government is to give the go-ahead to further exploration,” he added.
“In particular, we emphasise the need for further development and support of the
Concerns over fracking were raised in June 2011 when it was suggested that shale-gas drilling near Blackpool, in the northwest of the
In April 2012, the
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