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Britain’s geology unsuitable to controversial and ‘overhyped’ shale gas extraction technique, says Professor John Underhill of Heriot-Watt University

Laura Paterson, The Independent

Mr Underhill said…

“Both sides of the hydraulic fracturing debate assume that the geology is a ‘slam dunk’ and it will work if exploration drilling goes ahead.”

“Public support for fracking is at an all-time low of 17%, based in the main on environmental concerns, but the science shows that our country’s geology is simply unsuitable for shale oil and gas production. The implication that because fracking works in the US, it must also work here is wrong.”

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