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Will the shale gail prevail?: Michael Bradshaw

Will the shale gail prevail?: Michael Bradshaw

November 2014

Accompanying teaching resources for Mike Bradshaw's lecture on fracking and unconventional oil and gas

Will the shale gail previal? Michael Bradshaw

Overview

0 minutes – Introduction

3 minutes – Start of lecture

5 minutes – What is natural gas?

7 minutes – Conventional versus unconventional forms of gas

11 minutes – How shale gas is produced

18 minutes – An example from Upshur County, West Virginia

21 minutes – Trading and transportation

31 minutes – The future for shale gas in the USA

37 minutes – Impact of Fukishima earthquake

41 minutes – The future for shale gas in the UK

51 minutes – Arguments for shale gas in the UK

In 2014 the UK stands at a crossroads with regards to hydraulic fracturing. It is important to understand the way the USA have explored and exploited their shale gas in order to inform our own decision making and avoid some of the possible oversights that can come with reacting too quickly to the seeming wealth hidden deep under our feet. As the price of gas generally looks set to rise, and with hydraulic fracturing itself being a more costly method to undertake, one should question to what extent the shale gas revolution will travel outside the USA and Europe. Some of the largest shale gas reserves are found in China and their entrance into the already highly competitive market could have a dramatic impact upon the energy economy.

Relevance

A Level
AQA – environmental impact of energy production; the geopolitics of energy (conflict and cooperation in world affairs)
Edexcel – energy pathways between producers and consumers; energy insecurity may lead to increased geopolitical tension
OCR – the problems created by the exploitation of energy resources for people and the environment
WJEC – how can the demand for energy be sustainably managed

GCSE
Cambridge iGCSE – describe the importance of non-renewable fossil fuels; case study (energy supply in a country or area)
Edexcel A – the exploitation of energy resources has a varied impact on the environment
Edexcel B – assess the likely future pressures on both the supply and consumption of a chosen energy resource
Edexcel iGCSE – the relative merits of using renewable versus non-renewable sources of energy
OCR A – ethical consumerism about purchasing energy; what the future might hold for a chosen energy related issue
WJEC A – how does Wales supply its current energy needs; what future changes may take place in energy sources and in demand?
WJEC B – physical and human factors influencing location and changes in location of energy production

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