Good news for a change. The influential SCIENCES-PO group have just issued their report following extensive analysis of the likely economic and environmental impact of fracking should it come to pass on mainland Europe: Policy Brief No.5/14the February 2014 - Climate: 'Unconventional Wisdom: an economic analysis of US shale gas and implications for the EU'. The research has been part-funded by the French goverment. The report is entirely balanced but ultimately not in favour of fracking here.
A synopsis in English may be found on this page at our French associate site: http://www.association-lecercledegindou.com/le-cercle-de-gindou/les-dossiers-du-cercle/schiste-2014-attention-bullschiste/
To read the synopsis, click the pdf link - fourth paragraph down below the image at the head of the page.
( We provide this link with the kind permission of our colleagues at: Association Lecercledegindou.com ).