Event: ‘Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science behind the Controversy’


michael stephensonTIME: 12:00-13:00, Wednesday 6th July 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Professor Michael Stephenson, Author, Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science behind the Controversy, and Director, Science and Technology, the British Geological Survey

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Fracking has fast become one of the most controversial topics of the 21st Century. Mass protests have taken place both in the UK and the USA to stop the extraction of shale gas over concerns regarding the environment. Although no commercial fracking wells are currently operating in the UK, the government has consistently advocated shale gas as a future home-grown energy source. The government has said it is going “all-out for shale” to boost energy security and the economy. But opponents fear fracking can cause problems including water contamination, earthquakes, and noise and traffic pollution. Who is right?  In the midst of the argument between the government and protestors, science plays a huge part in allowing people to make an informed choice about fracking which will determine whether or not it has a future in the UK.

By kind invitation of Kevin Hollinrake MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Michael Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology, the British Geological Survey who will be discussing his book Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science behind the Controversy and analysing the pros and cons of shale gas from the European and American perspective.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Professor Michael Stephenson is Director of Science and Technology at the British Geological Survey.  He began his career as a schoolteacher in rural Africa and stayed there for nearly ten years but returned to Britain to pursue research in the Middle East and Asia, including highlights in Oman, Jordan, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.  Professor Stephenson has degrees from Imperial College and Sheffield University and runs the Science Programme at BGS, the UK’s national geoscience and data centre, with 520 scientists and technologists.  He has professorships at Nottingham and Leicester universities and has published over eighty peer-reviewed scientific papers, while also acting on the editorial boards of several journals, and as Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier geological journal. Professor Stephenson is the author of the book ‘Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science behind the Controversy’ which was released in 2015.


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