Alumni Association annual lecture: Shale-fracking - good or breaking bad?
8 May 2014, 6.30 PM - 8 May 2014, 6.30 PM
Venue: LT1, School of Chemistry, Cantock’s Close, Bristol BS8 1TS. Speaker: Dr Lew WattsThe practice of fracking shale has transformed the energy landscape in North America. It has resulted in an enormous economic stimulus in the US, through job creation, provision of low-cost gas for manufacturing, and through a massive, growing reduction in oil imports. This lecture will explore what is different about today’s staged hydraulic fracturing compared with that used for the last 50 years, why it is successful and why it is considered controversial. It will also discuss why the US is unique and that the development of shale resources in other countries will be slower and more challenging.
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