Onshore oil and gas extraction, including fracking, is not compatible with the UK’s climate targets unless it can meet tough standards on emissions, according to the government’s independent advisors on climate change. An eagerly anticipated and much delayed report from the Committee on Climate Change – dated March 2016, but only published today – weighs up the pros and cons of developing a significant fracking industry in the UK.
Carbon Brief 7th July 2016 read more »
Shale gas development is inconsistent with UK carbon budgets unless three conditions are met, according to long-awaited advice to government.
Drill or Drop 7th July 2016 read more »
Wide scale shale gas extraction cannot be compatible with UK carbon budgets unless strict conditions are met to address methane leaks, gas consumption, and emissions offsetting, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded. But in its long-awaited fracking report presented before Parliament this morning, the CCC also warned it is currently “not possible to know” how difficult it will be to meet these conditions as development of the UK’s shale gas industry is still at such an early stage.
Business Green 7th July 2016 read more »
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Telegraph 7th July 2016 read more »
In 2015 Medact concluded that the risks and threats associated with SGP outweighed its potential benefits, and recommended that it should not be encouraged in the UK. Since publishing that report, Medact has continued to monitor the scientific literature and policy debates concerning SGP. In addition, staff at Medact have been participating in an academic exercise aimed at publishing a systematic review of the scientific research on the health effects of SGP in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
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