New monitoring technology will make shale gas drillings cleaner

A new EU project aims to develop technology to monitor shale gas drilling in Europe.

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Over the next two years, several European institutes and companies will develop technology which can control and document whether shale gas drilling is carried out in an environmentally-sound fashion, in real time. The Danish Technological Institute will be one of the driving forces behind the project.

"Modern sensors will be built into the drilling equipment and will measure the emission of methane and fracking chemicals in an ongoing manner. The location sensors in the underground make it possible to act in time, if there are signs of soil or groundwater pollution. The technology will make it easier for authorities to provide documentation that applicable requirements are being complied with and will contribute to a shale gas drilling which does not compromise the environment."

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