Environmental and climate change impacts of Shale Gas

This report was substantially updated in November 2011. The new version can be found here

Researchers at the Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester have investigated the environmental and climate change impacts of Shale Gas.

Funded by the Cooperative, the report (attached below) demonstrates how the extraction of shale gas risks contaminating ground and surface waters. The commissioned report calls for a moratorium on shale gas development until there is a much more thorough understanding of the extraction process.

The report concludes that in an energy hungry world, any new fossil fuel resource will only lead to additional carbon emissions. In the case of shale gas there is also a significant risk its use will delay the introduction of renewable energy alternatives. "Consequently, if we are serious in our commitment to avoid dangerous climate change, the only safe place for shale gas remains in the ground" says Professor Kevin Anderson at the Tyndall Centre and the University of Manchester.

For further information please contact Daniel Cochlin, Press Officer at the University of Manchester. Ph+44(0)161 275 8387 daniel.cochlin@manchester.ac.uk

 

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