“During the development of shale gas fields, we could destroy
so-called retainers, and cause the migration of gas and chemical agents
to higher layers. There is a risk of emissions of gas and other
pollutants to the strata of drinking and mineral waters,” the senior
research officer of the manmade and ecological safety department of
National Institute for Strategic Studies, Yevhen Yakovlev, said at a
roundtable entitled “Methods of assessing regional ecological risks,
foreign experience and the state of the problem in Ukraine” in Kyiv on
Human-caused earthquakes could be one of the risks of the consequences of developing the shale gas fields, the expert said.
Yakovlev believes that during the exploration of shale gas fields the
location of overland infrastructure, the routes of pipelines, water
pipelines and transport infrastructure should be taken into account.