Shale Gas and Water 2016
An independent review of shale gas extraction in the UK and the implications for the water environment
In 2014 CIWEM published a review of the implications of shale gas on the water environment with ten recommendations for action. This report provides an update for 2016, reviewing the latest publicly available evidence to assess the likely viability, scale and timing of shale gas exploitation in the UK. It then considers if an industry of any significant scale were to develop, what the implications of hydraulic fracturing of shale would be for water resources, water treatment and the water environment. The report also considers the suitability of the current and expected future regulatory requirements for mitigating the industry’s potential impacts on the environment.