Shale gas and fracking

Examining the evidence

Authors: Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane

Published: July 2014

Pages: 16

Price (for printed copy): £2.50 (£1.50 to SGR members)

Publishers: Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

This report reviews current evidence across a number of issues associated with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These include environmental and public health aspects, and socio-economic considerations.

Importantly, the report is an independent assessment which draws heavily on academic research. It highlights:

  • major shortcomings in regulatory oversight regarding local environmental and public health risks.
  • the large potential for UK shale gas exploitation to undermine national and international efforts to tackle climate change.
  • the water-intensive nature of the fracking process which could cause water shortages in many areas.
  • the complete lack of evidence behind claims that shale gas exploitation will bring down UK energy bills, and concerns that it will impact negatively on UK energy security.

Download pdf of report [0.4MB]

Order printed copy of full report