UK study: Good practice, regulation make fracing safe

07/09/2012
Hydraulic fracturing, properly managed and regulated, can be conducted in the UK without threatening groundwater or creating risks of serious earthquakes, according to a joint study by two British research groups. "Hydraulic fracturing can be managed effectively in the UK as long as operational best practices are implemented and robustly enforced through regulation," concluded a review, funded by the government's Office of Science, by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society. The study deemed "very low" the risk that induced fractures would propagate from shales deeper than "many hundreds of meters" to overlying aquifers. More likely causes of conta...
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