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Shale gas extraction – the case for a multi-disciplinary study

McAleenan, Ciaran, Weatherup, Robert, Bogle, Gary and McAleenan, Philip (2016) Shale gas extraction – the case for a multi-disciplinary study. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy, 168 (1). pp. 41-46. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/ener.14.00022

DOI: 10.1680/ener.14.00022


Shale gas extraction (SGE) and, more precisely, hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has a propensity to court controversy wherever it is proposed. Many processes within SGE are essentially civil engineering processes and while numerous studies into the efficacy of SGE exist, answers to ethical and societal questions relating to safety, health and environmental sustainability remain unanswered. Recently, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change announced its intention to support studies that encourage the development of innovative technologies for safe andresponsible exploitation of the UK’s shale gas resources. This paper explores the current state of knowledge regarding safety, health and wellbeing in the SGE industry, and presents the case for a detailed multi-disciplinary value-engineering study to develop pre-drill assessments and to provide ongoing monitoring tools that will assure public authorities, market operators and citizens that best-practice environmental, safety and sustainability approaches are available and feasible.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:fossil fuels; health & safety; infrastructure planning
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)
ID Code:36953
Deposited By: Dr Ciaran McAleenan
Deposited On:23 Feb 2017 14:44
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:27

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