UK government lifts hydraulic fracturing ban

12/24/2012
The UK government lifted a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, opening the way for exploration and development of unconventional natural gas just days after UK Chancellor George Osborne announced a push for gas development in his Autumn Statement. The fracing mortarium was imposed last year while the UK government looked into events around a Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. shale-gas well near Poulton-le-Fylde (OGJ Online, Nov. 3, 2011). Cuadrilla commissioned a study that found a high probability that fracing of its Preese Hall-1 well triggered seismic events. The well was completed in a Bowland basin shale, which Cuadrilla has said might hold 200 tcf of gas in place in its 437-sq-mile...
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