Fracking for Shale Gas - Extreme Energy in the UK

Speaker(s):
Paul Mobbs (author of numerous books including 'Energy Beyond Oil')
Event date:
Friday 23 November 2012

Human Rights Consortium

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Description

The Government in Westminster is pressing ahead with support for a new set of "unconventional" fossil fuel technologies in an attempt to boost the UK economy. These technologies -- shale gas (also known as "fracking"), coalbed methane and underground coal gasification -- have a problematic safety record, and are known to risk serious environmental contamination as a result of their operation. In this lecture we'll examine the technical details of these "extreme" energy technologies, what ecological risks they present, and the flaws in the reasoning behind the UK Government's support for these technologies.

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