United States: Can we really manage all the risks if we allow fracking in the hope of a gas bonanza

Independent: New energy bonanza or new energy nightmare? That's the swing in extreme opinions about shale gas, the "unconventional" fuel which has boomed in the United States and now could be taking off in Britain. Although mainly methane, and chemically similar to natural gas, it is termed unconventional from the way it is extracted: the gas is contained not in underground reservoirs but in shale rock formations. As the shale has low permeability, it has to be blown apart to release the gas by hydrological......

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