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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Fracking: science and scepticism. Perspectives from the US and the UK

9th April 2013, 18:30 to 21:00, Royal Society, London, Prof. Richard Davies (Chairman)

Durham Energy Institute, in partnership with Prospect Magazine, is hosting a public debate on Fracking: science and scepticism at the Royal Society, London on Tuesday 9th April from 6.30pm.

This public debate on “Fracking: science and scepticism. Perspectives from the US and the UK " will take place at the Royal Society at 6.30pm on Tuesday 9th April.

The panel is made up of the following high-profile speakers:

Professor Robert B. Jackson – Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change, Duke University, leading US expert on the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing and author of the first peer-reviewed study into its impacts.

Professor Iain Stewart – Professor of Geosciences Communication, University of Plymouth. Geoscientist and broadcaster, Earth: The Power of the Planet, How the Earth Made Us, Rough Science, BBC Horizon.

Louise Gray – Environment Correspondent, Daily Telegraph.

Professor Richard Davies - Director, Durham Energy Institute, Durham University (chair).

About the event

In December 2012 the UK government gave the green light to start exploratory hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the UK. Politically at least, it looks like we have moved beyond the “do we / don’t we” stage of the debate.

Fracking has become an emotive issue in the UK. Public concern about hydraulic fracturing and its effect on our energy, environment and geological processes often plays out in a highly contentious way. How much impact does the science behind the process of shale gas extraction have on the public and media debates? How much of what has been reported in the media follows experiences from the United States?

To explore the issues we are delighted to welcome from the US, leading expert and author of the first peer-reviewed study into the impacts, Professor Robert B. Jackson – Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change, Duke University.

Attracting an audience from across the scientific, geological, energy and media communities, we hope this event will contribute to improving the quality of the debate about this topic in the UK.

To book your free ticket please click here

Contact dei.comms@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.