Shale gas is no more climate friendly than is coal

Independent, 25 November 2012:

Several key people, including the Chancellor, seem convinced that shale gas, obtained by fracking, offers benefits in terms of climate change. (“Fracking: A new dawn for misplaced optimism”, 18 November). Large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are released during the fracking process. Unless these fugitive emissions are kept below 2 per cent, and they are currently running at between 7 and 10 per cent, shale gas is no more climate friendly than is coal.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire