Shale gas: an updated assessment of environmental and climate change impacts

A report by researchers at the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester.

This report, commissioned by The Co-operative, is an update on our January report, Shale gas: a provisional assessment of climate change and environmental impacts (Wood et al 2011). Whilst some of the analysis remains relatively unchanged from the original document, other areas having undergone important revision, not least because industry estimates of shale gas reserves at the UK and global scales have markedly increased. For example in the UK industry reserve estimates published for a single licensing area are an order of magnitude greater than national estimates published by DECC in December 2010. New papers detailing fugitive emissions have also emerged raising concerns that shale gas production may involve greater greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

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(This report was commissioned by The Co-operative and first published by the Tyndall Centre in November 2011)

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