Guidance

About shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

Guidance and answers to frequently asked questions such as 'What is shale oil and gas and fracking?'

Documents

Shale gas made simple

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Infographics: About shale gas & oil and fracking

Facts about fracking

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Fracking UK shale: climate change

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Fracking UK shale: local air quality

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Fracking UK shale: planning permission and communities

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Fracking UK shale: regulation and monitoring

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Fracking UK shale: safety from design to decommissioning

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Fracking UK shale: understanding earthquake risk

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Fracking UK shale: water

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Background note on shale gas and hydraulic fracturing

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What is shale gas and oil video transcript - English and Welsh

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The role of the Health & Safety Executive video transcript: English and Welsh

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The regulatory regime video transcript: English and Welsh

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Detail

Shale gas activity in the UK is still in the exploration stage, where companies are drilling test wells. There is no experience of production operations in UK conditions as yet, although we have a long history of production of oil and gas from ‘conventional’ onshore fields. The answers to questions about the potential impacts of production operations are therefore tentative or qualified for the time being.

The supporting guides on this page provide more detail to the topics covered in the main “Facts About Fracking” booklet.

The background briefing note is a document produced in 2012 by Dr C Green of G Frac Technologies Ltd to assist understanding by non-specialists of the independent experts’ report about the induced seismicity during hydraulic fracturing at the Preese Hall site, Lancashire, NW England.

Infographic: What is shale gas and fracking?
Infographic: What is shale gas and fracking?
Infographic: The stages of shale gas and oil
Infographic: The stages of shale gas and oil
Infographic: What underground drilling looks like
Infographic: What underground drilling looks like
Infographic: What underground drilling looks like (3D model)
Infographic: What underground drilling looks like (3D model)
Infographic: Seismic activity traffic light monitoring system
Infographic: Seismic activity traffic light monitoring system