Shale gas: Rich rewards and tough regulations could sway doubters

Shale gas has a lower carbon footprint than coal (photo:dpa)
Shale gas has a lower carbon footprint than coal (photo:dpa)

New studies on the environmental risks of shale gas production have recommended strict regulations to guide the industry rather than outright bans or moratoria. In the second part of a series on new studies we look at the potential benefits of producing the gas for countries which, up until now, have been sceptical about whether the risks have been worth the rewards.

SOME countries, including France, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic which have shale gas resources, have placed a moratorium on drilling for the gas using the technique of fracking until they are satisfied that it is safe to do so.

But recent reports on environmental ri...

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