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Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says

The decision by Lancashire County Council not to allow test drilling for fracking indicates that there is public uncertainty about onshore exploration and especially shale gas, a Durham University expert says.

(29 Jun 2015) » Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says


Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says

The decision by Lancashire County Council not to allow test drilling for fracking indicates that there is public uncertainty about onshore exploration and especially shale gas, a Durham University expert says.

(29 Jun 2015) » Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says


Durham Earth Sciences Professor of Unconventional Petroleum speaks to the BBC about fracking in the UK

As Lancashire County Council decides whether or not to allow test drilling for fracking to extract shale gas at two sites in the county, Professor Andy Aplin discusses the risks of Fracking in the UK with BBC Business Live. 

View the interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05zz9yj/bbc-business-live-24062015 between 1:47 minutes and 5:45 minutes.

(25 Jun 2015) » Durham Earth Sciences Professor of Unconventional Petroleum speaks to the BBC about fracking in the UK


Earth Sciences Professor welcomed by Lower Sixth Students

Prof. Chris Greenwell and PhD student Izabela Walczak highlighted the opportunities and career choices available to those interested in studying Earth Sciences at Sedbergh School:

http://www.sedberghschool.org/senior/News-Events/News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/249

(15 Jun 2015)


Geothermal Prospecting in the Northeast

Dr Charlotte Adams speaks to the BBC about the potential to heat thousands of homes across the North East by tapping into deep sources of hot water along the Butterknowle Fault.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-33061176

(10 Jun 2015)


Geopressure2015 – A huge success for Durham

In April CeREES (and the Department of Earth Science) hosted an international conference at Durham University, entitled, “Geopresssure2015 – The Life Cycle of a Well’. The Conference, which ran from 14th – 16th April 2015 in the University’s Calman Learning Centre, focused on pore fluid and fracture pressure in hydrocarbon exploration. 

(6 May 2015) » Geopressure2015 – A huge success for Durham


Professor Bob Holdsworth appointed as an ‘Anniversary Ambassador’ by NERC

During 2015, Bob will be meeting politicians, stakeholders and the general public, to promote the geoscience and environmental advances of NERC-funded science in the 50 years since the research council was formed.

(5 May 2015) » Professor Bob Holdsworth appointed as an ‘Anniversary Ambassador’ by NERC


Prof. Christine Peirce elected to the Council of the Geological Society

Department of Earth Sciences Professor Christine Peirce has been elected to the Council of the Geological Society of London in the recent ballot. Prof. Peirce and the six other candidates receiving the most votes will go forward to the Annual General Meeting on 3 June 2015 for election as Council members. 

(https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/About/Governance/Election-Results-2015) 

(5 May 2015)


Prof. Christine Peirce elected Vice President (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society

(5 May 2015)


Most of Britain’s national parks don’t have the “right rocks” for fracking

Most of Britain’s national parks are unsuitable for fracking due to their geology, according to experts at Durham University.

 

(30 Apr 2015) » most of Britain’s national parks don’t have the “right rocks” for fracking