October 18th, 2013

Why the frack?

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By Mike Tregent

 

All else being equal, is fracking something we should welcome? Advocates of fracking present it as ushering in a new age of cheap energy and increased self-sufficiency. But is it really going to be economically beneficial and will it reduce our bills? Is it ethical and sustainable? In a previous article for Isonomia, I explained the fracking process and examined the risks inherent within it. Now let’s look at exactly what this means in terms of our energy mix, security of supply, and why it has been labelled as an extension of the dash for gas.

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September 20th, 2013

How the frack?

by Mike Tregent

 

Recent events in the UK, Europe and the United States have propelled hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) up the public and political agenda. Amid the hullabaloo down in Balcombe, you could easily miss the arguments advanced by each side. Is the anti-fracking camp pitched on solid ground? Is the case for drilling full of holes?  In the first of two articles on this topic I will examine how fracking works and what the risks are, while the second will assess how much we need it.

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