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South Africa could see wells like this if the government gives the go-ahead for fracking to take place. shutterstock

Why South Africa needs to pursue the potential of gas from fracking

Fracking presents a better alternative to coal mining. Finding a way to produce the gas economically is the first challenge to getting fracking underway.
The National Transportation Safety Board made an ‘urgent’ recommendation to improve the safety of oil-carrying rail cars. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Shipping oil by rail is booming. Technology can make it safer

While federal agencies ponder regulations for safer oil rail cars, researchers are developing high-tech inspection and safety systems.
This derailed oil-carrying train in Ontario in March was the third from a single freight company in a month. Reuters

Despite disasters, oil-by-rail transport is getting safer

Derailed train cars carrying oil have more communities concerned about spills. What's behind the oil-by-rail boom and a federal agency's 'urgent' call last week for better safety?
Is fracked gas greener than imported oil? Gareth Fuller/PA

Gas will replace oil in the UK – with or without fracking

MPs in the UK recently voted against a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing but Lancashire, the local county council under most pressure, agreed it needed more time to make a decision. MPs also agreed that…
Have fracking opponents over-estimated Cameron’s enthusiasm for fracking? Jeff J Mitchell

Shale fail: David Cameron has not gone ‘all out’ for fracking

David Cameron might have been forced into accepting several restrictions on fracking to avoid a Commons defeat, but one thing that has never appeared in doubt is the Conservative party leadership’s commitment…

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