Monitoring

Companies in the UK will undertake detailed Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) before any fracking can take place.  These assessments make sure that environmental issues are considered when a project or plan is first discussed and that all concerns are addressed as it progresses through to implementation.

We collect data on the existing environment before operations commence and monitor all our sites during operations and after wells are decommissioned to ensure that no unforeseen leaks occur. This monitoring includes air, soil and ground and surface water and is fully disclosable to the environmental regulator.

Baseline monitoring at the start is used to establish the pre-existing environmental condition at a site and to build a site model, so that any changes to these conditions can be identified during operations.

Environmental baseline information is used to support the development of site specific risk assessments, which will feed into appropriate environmental management systems that are protective of both human health and the wider local environment.

The health, safety and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing (often termed ‘fracking’) as a means to extract shale gas can be managed effectively in the UK as long as operational best practices are implemented and enforced through regulation.

The Royal Society & Royal Academy of Engineering, 2012