Independent Expert Scientific Panel – Report on Unconventional Oil and Gas 2014.
This report is a scientific based review on unconventional oil and gas (coal bed methane, shale gas and unconventional coal gasification) exploration in Scotland by experts in the fields of geology, environmental science, engineering and resource extraction with the objective of providing a robust, impartial analysis of available evidence. Although at times it is quite technical it makes interesting reading. It also discusses the societal and environment risks associated with the various extraction methods of coal gas (i.e. fracking) and how these should be mitigated.
To read the full paper please click here.
Scottish Parliament Briefing Paper: April 2013
This is a briefing paper for the Scottish Government into Unconventional Gas in Scotland. It gives an excellent overview of the technicalities, legalities, health and safety requirements, planning application requirements together with the exploration licences issued at that time. The report is somewhat technical but its a good starting point to understand what is involved in this type of exploration. To view the whole report click here.
“Experts agree – fracking won’t cut our energy bills”.
Professor Jim Watson, Director, UK Energy Research Centre: Researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC): “It is very frustrating to keep hearing that shale gas is going to solve our energy problems – there’s no evidence for that whatsoever… it’s hype.
“It’s extraordinary that ministers keep making these statements. They clearly want to create a narrative. But we are researchers – we deal in facts, not narratives. And at the moment there is no evidence on how shale gas will develop in the UK.”
“Shale gas has been completely oversold. Where ministers got this rhetoric from I have absolutely no idea. It’s very misleading for the public.”
“Where the government has gone wrong is just talking this whole thing up… as if it was going to reduce consumer bills and tackle our energy security problems in a substantial way any time soon. I think that was very premature. The framing of it was oversold.”
Lord Browne, chairman of Cuadrilla: “We are part of a well-connected European gas market and, unless it is a gigantic amount of gas, it is not going to have material impact on price.”
Mark Linder, Bell Pottinger executive, former Cuadrilla PR spokesman: “We’ve done an analysis and it’s a very small…at the most it’s a very small percentage… basically insignificant.”
These quotes are part of an article from Click Green dated 6 May 2015.