Huge UK shale potential must be exploited responsibly

By Kasia Patel
Published: Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Though shale in the UK extends to around 30% of England and Wales, according to BGS geologist Rachel Bell steps must be taken to prevent pressure on groundwater supply and contamination, while a secure proppant supply is also essential.

Although there is widespread potential for unconventional gas exploration in the UK, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS) there are a number of steps that need to be taken first to protect groundwater resources.

BGS geologist Rachel Bell told delegates at the Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) Conference 2014 last...