No fracking in Cornwall says geology expert
A top scientist has said that the controversial gas extraction method known as fracking will not reach Cornwall as the county does not have the necessary shale gas resources.
Dr Howard, from the British Geological Survey (BGS), said: "Cornwall is not a viable place to frack for shale gas due to the predomination of granite in its geology.
"As with most places in the country, there are pockets of shale rock in Cornwall. Yet as this shale rock contains very little organic matter, the county is not likely to be considered as a viable prospect for fracking."
Proposals to implement the controversial gas extraction method in West Sussex and the North of England have caused mass protests from environmental groups.
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Little is known about the long term effects of fracking, yet some protest groups claim the method causes earthquakes and an increase of greenhouses gases in the atmosphere.
Dr Howard, in partnership with Exeter University's Camborne School of Mines, is currently leading an aerial geophysical survey project of Cornwall and Devon.
The Tellus South West project is collecting a wide range of data about Cornwall's geology, natural resources and environmental hazards.
A low flying aircraft will be making its way over Cornwall and Devon until October. It is predicted that the first results of the survey will be available this autumn.