Fracking: Fire

EU Perspectives has already considered three of the four Greek elements: earth, water and air. Should commercial fracking become common-place in the EU it will have the greatest environmental impact on these three elements.   The fourth in this series “Fire” is going to look at the other side of the coin – the geopolitical implications …

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Fracking: Fire

EU Perspectives has already considered three of the four Greek elements: earth, water and air. Should commercial fracking become common-place in the EU it will have the greatest environmental impact on these three elements.   The fourth in this series “Fire” is going to look at the other side of the coin – the geopolitical implications …

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Fracking: Air

The European Union has consistently pushed for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This policy is driven mostly through regulation but also through research into areas such as carbon storage and renewables. Where then does hydraulic fracking fit into this? Will the commercialisation of hydraulic fracking within the EU reduce green house gas emissions, increase …

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Fracking: Air

The European Union has consistently pushed for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This policy is driven mostly through regulation but also through research into areas such as carbon storage and renewables. Where then does hydraulic fracking fit into this? Will the commercialisation of hydraulic fracking within the EU reduce green house gas emissions, increase …

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Fracking: Water

Hydraulic fracking, as the name implies, is water-intensive. Any discussion on fracking, therefore, must consider what effect it is going to have on this valuable resource. Before continuing however, it is worth turning the clock back to 1868 – the height of Britain’s drive towards industrialisation – and the Victorian tort case of,  Rylands v …

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Fracking: Earth

Digging into the earth in search of her treasures is as old as time itself.  Deep in our psyche lies the notion that the earth’s minerals lie in neat seams underneath the soil to be scooped out for further use as and when needed. In reality nothing could be further from the truth.  Gold mining …

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Fracking: An Introduction

The pace at which on-line technology is developing is as nothing when compared to the changes the energy sector is currently under-going. The practice of hydraulic fracking, which appeared on the horizon around seven or eight years ago is, like a force 12 side-wind, sweeping commonly held assumption about the energy market off its perch. …

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