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Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'

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The gas reserves in shale rocks in the UK have been "hyped", an academic said. Professor John Underhill from Heriot-Watt University said the UK's potential shale deposits were likely to have been disrupted by shifts in the earth 55 million years ago.He said the government would be wise to formulate a Plan B to fracking for future gas supplies.But the fracking firm Cuadrilla said it would determine how much gas was present from its test drilling.Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale, a sedimentary rock found worldwide.The amount of shale gas available in the UK is acknowledged to be a great unknown.Cuadrilla said estimates from the British Geological Survey (BGS) indicated a large potential gas reserve.What is fracking and why is it con...