WP6 Sharing best practice and knowledge

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An increase in shale gas extraction in North America and the possibility of similar operations in Europe have raised public concern over potential environmental impacts. At the same time, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been identified as a necessary part of climate action worldwide. Both operations utilise geological formations deep below ground.

This work package supports the development of commercial CCS and responsible exploitation of Europe’s shale gas reserves by testing and recommending strategies for engaging with stakeholders. This includes the dissemination of information to non-technical audiences, such as policymakers and citizens. It will also explore opportunities for participative monitoring of projects as an aspect of public engagement.

Our approach will draw together best-practice recommendations from the other work packages and share these with targeted groups of stakeholders, including project developers, policy makers, legislators and regulators, industry and early career researchers.


North America fact-finding visit: Learning the ropes of effective engagement

With its big open spaces, low density population and oil and gas production firmly rooted in its identity, Katarzyna Iwinska’s first impression was that Canada’s Alberta province was too different to compare to her native Poland.  

The Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) sociologist was part of a group of senior researchers from SECURe, who undertook a 10-day fact-finding tour of North America to gather examples of best practice in geoenergy projects.

She soon changed her mind.

US-Canada fact-finding: Geoenergy projects putting MMV to the test

Late last year, a group of senior scientists from SECURe travelled to North America on a fact-finding mission. With several site visits under their belts, they had quite a few measuring, monitoring and verification (MMV) learnings and reflections to take back to the project.

BLOG: A sociologist on a geologists' mission

Katarzyna Iwińska of Adam Mickiewicz University describes a thought-provoking and inspiring visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park.

BLOG: Banff National Park’s remarkable geology provides valuable CCS insights

After leaving Illinois, the SECURe team headed to Canada on the next leg of their fact-finding mission. Edward Hough (British Geological Survey) and Michael Kupoluyi (Risktec) describe a day of learning and insight at Banff National Park, Alberta.

Fact-finding visit 2019: New perspectives from North America (video)

Edward Hough of British Geological Survey, SECURe project coordinator, describes highlights from the SECURe group’s visit to the US and Canada and thanks the host projects and agencies for sharing their knowledge and experience.



Illinois shares successes from high-profile CO2 injection projects

Scientists from the EU-funded SECURe project continued their fact-finding tour with a visit to the Illinois Basin-Decatur Project (IBDP) and Illinois Industrial Sources CCS (ICCS) CO2 injection sites.

Research group explores synergies at US energy innovation centre

A group of senior scientists from the EU-funded SECURe project has kickstarted a fact-finding trip to North America with a visit to the US’s national centre for innovation in energy technologies. The 10-day visit to the US and Canada by the project partners is aimed at gathering examples of best practice in geoenergy projects, such as geological CO2 storage and shale gas extraction.

Geoenergy journey: Learning from the US and Canada (video)

In September 2019, a group of senior scientists from the SECURe project took to the road in the US and Canada to visit examples of good practice in CO2 storage and unconventional hydrocarbons projects. Jonathan Pearce, WP6 leader on the SECURe project, explains the purpose of the visit and how the group’s findings will support Europe’s long-term ambitions.


D6.5 Training software and dataset

This report presents the software and data used for a training programme for researchers and students focusing on the analysis of induced seismicity. The training is done using the non-commercial software package, SeisAn, which has been revised during the SECURe project in order to improve the linking of handling of metadata to the parametric data catalogue. The data used for the training is typical of data collections one could expect to face during a monitoring programme for induced seismicity.


Workshop: Towards Tailor Made Participatory Monitoring Programs (SECURe Report D6.2)

This report gives an overview of a workshop held 4-5 March in The Hague that introduced a framework for participatory monitoring and accompanying guidance on how the framework could be used in real practice.

Overview report of ethical issues associated with CCS and with Shale Gas R&D (SECURe Report D6.1)

This overview report of ethical and social issues associated with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) and with Shale Gas R&D is divided into two chapters that summarise the ethical and social issues raised in CCS and shale gas respectively, with comparison drawn out in the final chapter. This report improves the understanding of shale gas and CCS perceptions of stakeholders and local residents, and is useful when considering how to communicate complex scientific and technical material with the public.