Shale gas, groundwater and climate change

The first company to seek shale gas in the UK has sunk its first borehole near Blackpool. But the new technology, which could hugely increase gas reserves, comes with the risk of polluting groundwater and other concerns, Gareth Simkins reports

Cuadrilla's first UK exploratory shale gas well at its Preese Hall site near Blackpool (credit: Cuadrilla Resources)
Cuadrilla's first UK exploratory shale gas well at its Preese Hall site near Blackpool (credit: Cuadrilla Resources)

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