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Study into shale gas research carried out since 2012

Hydraulic fracturing rig on the plains of eastern Colorado.

19 September 2018

The Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering are undertaking a statistical (bibliometric) assessment of the quantity of published, peer reviewed research in the field of shale gas extraction between 2012 and 2018. This study is not a review of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2012 report on shale gas extraction.

The project will focus on the amount of research carried out in the following areas:

  • Resource estimation
  • Fracturing fluid: composition, treatment, storage & disposal
  • Methane leakage & groundwater contamination
  • Seismic monitoring
  • Public perception & understanding
  • Governance & regulation

The study will identify the extent to which research in these topic areas has been carried out since 2012.

The Steering Group convened a workshop in October to consider and sense check the initial results from the bibliometric analysis of research and views were sought from a wide range of individuals from academia, industry, government, regulators and NGOs.

Our findings will be published in early 2020.

The Royal Society’s work on energy

The Royal Society is running a major low carbon energy programme, looking at the science and technology options to ensure that the UK meets its carbon reduction targets.

Read about the Royal Society’s work on climate change at Energy, environment and climate change.

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