The UK could see up to one spill for every four large shale gas pads, according to researchers.
Leading figures from the industry seeking to explore for shale gas are gathering in Liverpool this week for a two-day conference.
A climate change campaign group has called for an investigation into allegations that high profile US research – cited in UK planning applications and parliamentary advice – under-stated methane leaks at shale gas sites.
The Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, is the speaker at a new parliamentary group on shale gas regulation, which meets next week.
Study finds methane leaks from 30% of abandoned wells – but emissions average less than a single cow
A study of decommissioned onshore oil and gas wells in the UK found that 30% were leaking methane. But the average leak produced lower emissions than a breeding dairy cow.
The government will not win public support for fracking by behaving like a salesperson for the technique, a new study has concluded.