How should fracking research be funded?

TitleHow should fracking research be funded?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsDavies, RJ, Herringshaw, LG
JournalResearch Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsFINANCE , Fracking , HYDRAULIC , oil , research , SHALE
AbstractThe use of hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) to extract oil or gas from shales is a subject of controversy. There are many scientific questions about the risks associated with the technique, and much research remains to be done. ReFINE (Researching Fracking In Europe) is a research consortium led by Newcastle University and Durham University in the UK, focusing on the environmental impacts of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods. The project was established to answer questions raised by members of the public across Europe on the risks of fracking. It aims to inform the debate surrounding fracking by undertaking scientific research, which will be peer-reviewed and openly accessible. This case study discusses the structure of ReFINE and the issues associated with using funding from oil and gas companies to support the research.
NotesDavies, Richard J. 1 Herringshaw, Liam G. 2,3; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, UK 2: CeREES Centre for Geoenergy, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK 3: Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Science, University of Hull, UK; Source Info: Apr2016, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p116; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: Finance; Subject Term: Hydraulic fracturing; Author-Supplied Keyword: fracking; Author-Supplied Keyword: hydraulic fracturing; Author-Supplied Keyword: oil companies; Author-Supplied Keyword: research funding; Author-Supplied Keyword: shale gas; Number of Pages: 3p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 892