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Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells

Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK’s largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research undertaken by Durham researchers from the ReFINE (Research Fracking in Europe) consortium. The researchers looked at the impact of existing and immovable infrastructure – such as buildings, roads and rivers – on the capacity to remove gas from the Bowland Shale, a type of rock that is thought to hold the majority of the UK’s shale gas reserves. By mapping well pads on to an area licensed for potential shale gas extraction, the team saw how often these sites would clash with existing properties, roads and natural features.

(3 Apr 2017) » More about Shale gas extraction limited by available space

Daphne Jackson Fellowship opportunity

The former Dean of Equality & Diversity, Catherine Alexander, has secured funding for two Daphne Jackson Fellowships within the Faculty of Science (including Earth Sciences). The Fellowships are open to those wishing to return to STEM research following a career break of at least two years for family, caring or health reasons.

Further information is available from The closing date for applications is 12th May.

(31 Mar 2017)

Brooke Owen Fellowship Success!

We are very pleased to report that the Brooke Owen Fellowship has chosen Alexandra (Sasha) Warren, one of our Level 2 students, to spend 10 weeks on an internship with the XPRIZE Foundation in California this summer.

"The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is a highly competitive, paid internship and mentorship program designed to honor the memory of beloved space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Brooke Owens, by inspiring and training exceptional undergraduate women seeking a career in aviation or space exploration”.

Sasha was awarded the Fellowship based on her academic performance and interest in planetary geology.

(1 Feb 2017)

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