Managing contamination risks

Operators will need to learn from US experience and give top priority to avoiding groundwater pollution, finds Simon Evans

Many studies have been carrie dout on the wells in the US Marcellus shale. Credit: RUHRFISCH (Talk)/ GFDL CC-BY-SAA new technology for extracting gas arrives in the UK with the risk of seriously polluting water and air. It is only after rapid early growth that the problems begin to appear, with a surge in incidents and several million-litre waste spills.

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