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How should fracking research be funded?

Davies, Richard J.; Herringshaw, Liam G.


Richard J. Davies

Liam G. Herringshaw


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.


Davies, R. J., & Herringshaw, L. G. (2016). How should fracking research be funded?. Research Ethics, 12(2), 116-118.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 18, 2015
Publication Date 2016-04
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
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
Keywords Fracking, Hydraulic fracturing, Oil companies, Research funding, Shale gas
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Additional Information This is the Authors Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Research ethics, 2016, v.12 issue 2.


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