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Can Shale Gas Save the UK Energy Industry?

Despite what many people think shale gas was discovered nearly 200 hundred years ago but it was overshadowed by much larger volumes from conventional gas fields and cheaper extraction costs. Thanks to technological advances shale gas extraction has become a viable option for many countries around the globe, including the UK. In the US alone the production tripled since 2006 ...

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The Golden Age of Energy: Natural Gas in Shale

Natural gas in shale? Who would have thought? Only recently we have seen a massive influx of news and studies relating shale underneath the earth holding trillions of cubic meters worth of natural gas. During these times when oil reserves are dwindling and there are no potent long term alternatives yet and the solar energy and wind energy are still ...

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Scare Tactics Of Seismic Proportions

Some critiques of hydraulic fracturing are really critics of any sort of hydrocarbon development. While their opposition to fracking shows up in many places and takes various forms, this group is not, by and large, interested in a debate about the various benefits and drawbacks of the process. Instead, they continue to look for the most effective methods to convince ...

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Potholes and the Accidents They Cause

Have you ever been driving down the road and suddenly your car slams into a pothole? If the pothole was shallow, then you feel as if you have just taken a tumble within your car. If you’re unlucky and the pothole was deep and wide, your car might sustain heavy damage to the suspension and you might even be involved ...

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What Is Frac Sand and Why Is It Important?

In the last few years, Wisconsin has been enjoying its sand. Not that they are going to the beach or something. Mining sand is becoming very lucrative in this state due to the amount of frac sand that is available in the area. What is frac sand? In the process of hydraulic fracturing, a mixture of water, chemicals and sand ...

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Shale Gas Rush: Good or Bad for the Global Economy?

The discovery and first extracts of Shale Gas are dated back to the late 1800's but it was eclipsed by larger conventional gas reservoirs and its cheaper extraction costs. With global natural gas reservoirs running low and technological advances to Shale Gas extraction which made it cheaper and more profitable, the gas is now high on the agenda of many ...

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Digging Through Potential: Natural Gas in Shale

Fracking for natural gas is a very important thing for the energy industry and the entire US. Without the fracking process, the shale can not be cracked and the gas can not be extracted from the inside. But before we dig deeper to this aspect of fracking the shale, let us understand the science with natural gas in shale. What ...

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The Hidden Cost of Energy: How Hydrofracking Affects Water Purity

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, is a new way to free up deposits of natural gas that would be hard to reach otherwise. This technique could be very important for companies that want to meet the United States' rapidly-expanding energy needs. Unfortunately, hydrofracking is not entirely without problems. This technique has been associated with an increase in dangerous water ...

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Drilling For Shale Gas

STRATEGIC INTERESTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION MANDATE DRILLING FOR SHALE GAS The Preamble to the Treaty on European Union (TEU) reads "determined to promote economic and social progress for their peoples, taking into account the principles of sustainable development and within the context of the accomplishment of the internal market and of reinforced cohesion and environmental protection . " Article ...

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The Basics of Hydraulic Fracturing

In our current state, oil and natural gas are two resources most of us could not live without. When we get up in the morning to take a shower, most of us get hot water through hot water heaters powered by natural gas. On a cold winter morning, it's natural gas that keeps most of our furnaces working and heats ...

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