Over the last ten years or so an energy revolution has taken place in North America, where hydraulic fracturing and associated unconventional gas recovery techniques have brought jobs, growth and energy security, while providing a cheap and clean local fuel to challenge the supremacy of dirty coal and as a backup to renewables.

It is still early days for the shale gas industry, a stage when development tends to incur major environmental and social disruption. But that has not been the case with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas recovery, despite the associated technology remaining in its infancy. As the sector matures and innovation accelerates there is enormous potential for even cleaner and cheaper development.

This report seeks to draw together the reasons why developing shale gas in Europe is an opportunity that the continent cannot afford to miss, together with the real risks associated with it and the technological solutions that can address those risks and enhance the benefits further.

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