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Thumbs up for shale gas but need for regulation

A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society has backed shale gas fracking in the UK, but adds that more regulation needs to accompany the activity.

The committee comprising of a committee of high-level academics and engineers has advised closer monitoring of companies engaged in the controversial activity, for safety purposes.

There has already been two small earthquakes in the Blackpool area of England due to the fracking process, reports the Guardian newspaper.

Robert Mair, who chaired the review, said: “There has been much speculation around the safety of shale gas extraction following examples of poor practice in the US. We found that well integrity is of key importance but the most common areas of concern, such as the causation of earthquakes with any significant impact or fractures reaching and contaminating drinking water, were very low risk.”

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