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How should fracking research be funded?

Davies, Richard J.; Herringshaw, Liam G.


Richard J. Davies

Dr Liam Herringshaw
Lecturer in Geology / Director of Admissions for Geography, Geology & Environment


The 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-04
Journal Research ethics
Print ISSN 1747-0161
Electronic ISSN 2047-6094
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 116-118
APA6 Citation Davies, R. J., & Herringshaw, L. G. (2016). How should fracking research be funded?. Research Ethics, 12(2), 116-118. doi:10.1177/1747016115605871
Keywords Fracking, Hydraulic fracturing, Oil companies, Research funding, Shale gas
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Copyright Statement ©2015 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the Authors Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Research ethics, 2016, v.12 issue 2.


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