Gas Detection

Hydraulic Fracture, Gas Seepage and other Environmental Issues Concerning Shale Gas

Oct 30 2012

Author: E.H. Rutter and S. Boult on behalf of University of Manchester

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The production of unconventional gas trapped in shales (thermogenic gas, generated from the breakdown of organic matter trapped in the shale when it formed, as a result of heating during progressive burial of the formation) has proved very successful in the United States, leading to substantial reductions in prices to consumers, reduced reliance on imports, and providing essential baseload electricity generation capacity to support renewable but discontinuous energy sources. But this has not been without controversy and environmental problems. The potential development of such resources in other parts of the world must learn from the American experience.

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