Shale-Fracking: Good or Breaking Bad? Bristol University, 8 May 2014,


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Alumni Association Annual Lecture: ‘Shale-Fracking: Good or Breaking Bad?’
Bristol, Thursday 8 May 2014, 6.30 pm

Fracking has transformed the energy landscape in North America and it’s about to do the same in the UK. Join us to hear Dr Lew Watts (BSc 1974) give the 44th Alumni Association Annual Lecture, entitled Shale-Fracking: Good or Breaking Bad?

Fracking extracts natural gas from shale rock, and has been responsible for an enormous economic stimulus in the US, creating jobs, providing low-cost gas for manufacturing, and massively reducing oil imports. In his lecture, Watts will explore the differences between today’s staged hydraulic fracturing and the last 50 years, as well as asking why it’s successful, why it’s controversial, and whether the USA is unique in its success.

Dr Lew Watts has a 35-year career within the energy industry during which he has held executive positions within Shell, Halliburton and PFC Energy. In 2009, he chaired the World Bank’s external panel on energy security, energy access and climate change, and currently sits on several corporate boards in the UK, Norway and the US.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the School of Chemistry, Cantock’s Close. It’s a free event, but you will need to register your place on Eventbrite.

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