Fracking: Risks & Rewards

By Barbara Hadley, Tom Rennell and Derek Austin


An in-depth report on the potential risks and rewards of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas detailing the latest reports, studies, facts and figures from around the world.

Objective and non-partisan analysis of the arguments from all sides means readers can make up their own minds about the potential risks and purported rewards of the shale gas industry.

Simple and concise Fracking: Risks & Rewards cuts through the legal, scientific, political and economic jargon to provide a comprehensive guide to the entire fracking controversy.

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What is Fracking?

A game-changing energy revolution or a risk-filled dash for gas? Fracking, the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas, has become one of the most divisive issues of the 21st century. Following what appears to be a huge success story in the United States many European countries have been eager to follow suit, however a number of environmental incidents as well as doubts over the supposed economic benefits have led to a growing level of public concern over this relatively new industry.

Fracking: Risks & Rewards takes a detailed look at the issues and hype surrounding the fracking industry.

  • What does hydraulic fracturing really involve and what are the risks arising from shale gas exploitation?
  • Are the proposed economic benefits realistic?
  • What regulations apply to fracking activities and are they sufficiently stringent?
  • Who is responsible and who will pay in the event of an accident?

This special report examines the challenges that the growth of the fracking industry may pose to a wide range of stakeholders including, governments, energy companies and subcontractors, investors, public authorities, lawyers and insurers as well as the general public.


  1. Introduction
  2. What is Fracking?
  3. Rewards
  4. Risks
  5. Responsibilities
  6. Managing the risks
  7. Players


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