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Major conference to address geology of shale gas exploration

25 February 2014

In partnership with Global Event Partners, the Geological Society is holding a two day conference on 4-5 March to address the key issues surrounding shale gas extraction in the UK. Geoscientists and decision makers will discuss the latest geological research relevant to shale gas exploration, production and environmental management, including the likely extent of UK shale resources, potential hazards such as induced seismicity or contaminated groundwater, and what can be learned from the story of US shale gas extraction.

Among the speakers are Professor Peter Styles, former President of the Geological Society, who will discuss induced seismicity, and Professor Zoe Shipton, who will discuss faults and fractures caused by shale gas extraction. Sessions will also address the hydrogeological risks of fracking, and how they can be mitigated, including lessons learned in groundwater risk management from the Crossrail project.  

Speakers also include Lord Ron Oxburgh, former Shell Chairman and Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, who will talk about what part shale gas might play in the UK's energy mix, and Professor Richard Davies, who will discuss the 'known unknowns' of fracking.

Shale UK will bring together the leading experts in relevant areas of geology, from the UK, US and across the globe, welcoming over 300 decision makers, potential investors, executives from the hydrocarbon and energy supply chain, and other stakeholders with an interest in shale gas.

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To register for press attendance, please contact Rosie Topp on with your name, job title and contact details or call 020 3488 1193.