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Shale Gas

What is shale gas, what is the likely UK resource and where is it? (Professor Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey)

Professor Mike Stephenson (British Geological Survey) set out the fundamental concepts of shale gas formation, explored the difference between ‘conventional’ and ‘unconventional’ resources, and gave an introduction to its worldwide potential, its extraction and the possible associated risks. He described the locations of shale formations within the UK, and outlined ongoing work being done by the British Geological Survey (BGS) to determine the scale and nature of the UK’s shale gas resources, and to provide baseline data for any proposed exploration and associated risk assessments.