Hydraulic Fracturing Services
The development of shale-gas resources using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is one of the highest profile issues facing policy makers and regulators. Ricardo-AEA works with clients around the world providing the independent expertise that helps them resolve the many policy, practical and public challenges that fracking presents.
The scale of technically recoverable shale-gas reserves in Europe and throughout the world is comparable to conventional gas reserves. As conventional reserves become exhausted and imports from other parts of the world become less attractive or less reliable, the economic and political pressure to develop indigenous shale-gas reserves will intensify. This will result in increased public focus and scrutiny.
Policy makers and regulators can draw on the lessons we have learnt from the past 10 years of shale-gas development in the US. And they can use this knowledge to develop answers to the challenging questions that will be asked of them, such as…
- Can you manage the development and use of shale gas to deliver improved sustainability of your energy mix?
- What are the environmental risks and how can they best be regulated and controlled from the outset of the exploration and extraction process?
- Do your authorities and agencies need more powers to control potential environmental and health risks?
- How can you explore your shale-gas opportunities in partnership with local communities rather than in opposition?
Experience you can rely on
Ricardo-AEA provides you with the experience gained from our 40-year track record of delivering groundbreaking expertise and advice on energy policy development and implementation. In the area of fracking, our experience includes:
- Identifying the risks to the environment and human health from fracking activities in Europe. (European Commission)
- Assessing the climate impact of potential shale-gas production in the EU. (European Commission)
- Researching methods available to monitor and control fugitive methane emissions from fracking. UK Environment Agency
- Reviewing shale-gas extraction and waste-treatment industries. (US Environmental Protection Agency)
- Assessing air-quality impacts associated with natural gas exploration and production. (Fort Worth City Council)
- Evaluating the compliance of oil and gas wells against multimedia federal requirements. (US Environmental Protection Agency)
- Advising on methane inventory issues associated with shale-gas extraction. (UK Government)