Shale Gas Research


ReFINE is the leading independent research consortium on fracking, led jointly by Newcastle University and Durham University. With support from academics across Europe and North America, the consortium focuses on researching the potential risks of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods.  

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Quarterly Newsletter

January 2015

- New research partners join ReFINE.
- ReFINE awarded funding for specialised research kit.
- Research paper on flowback fluid radioactivity published

Newsletter Jan 15

Latest Publication
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On 24th June 2014 ReFINE published a study into the radioactivity of fracking flowback water in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research. The paper, entitled "The Flux of Radionuclides in Flowback Fluid from Shale Gas Exploitation" is available for free download.

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Latest News
New Translations Available
15 January 2015

New foreign language translations of the ReFINE research brief "How Radioactive is Fracking Flowback Water?" are now available for free download. The research brief is based on the research paper "The Flux of radionuclides in flowback fluid from shale gas exploitation", published by ReFINE in 2014.


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