Fracking in Europe: the potential and the pitfalls

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Published: Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Could shale gas provide the answer to global energy concerns? There are vast untapped resources in Europe, but fracking, the controversial method of extraction, could prove to be the stumbling block as Vasili Nicoletopoulos* explains

Shale gas, a natural gas trapped in rocks, could eventually greatly expand global supplies of energy. It is increasingly adopted in the US and reports show vast untapped resources in Europe. But hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ , the method of extraction which involves pumping pressurised water, chemicals and sand underground,...

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