Professor Mair’s Verdict On Shale Gas Risks

Informed information allows informed judgement


By Paul Homewood

There was a lively discussion after my recent post, “Fracking in Lancashire”, so I thought it worthwhile offering a summary of the official scientific position on fracking in the UK.

Professor Robert Mair, Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University, was appointed in 2012 to chair a joint committee, set up by the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, to analyse the environmental, health and safety risks associated with shale gas exploration in Britain.

Last year, he wrote this article for the Telegraph, to summarise his committee’s findings.

In recent weeks, the Sussex village of Balcombe has found itself at the centre of the argument around hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. This debate has become heavily polarised, and there has been much speculation around the environmental risks of shale-gas extraction, concerning water contamination and earth tremors.

There are many factors that…

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About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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