2nd Edition

Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

By Frank R. Spellman Copyright 2025
    352 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    There is a strong need for further innovation and development of viable renewable energy sources. Recent technological advances now allow natural gas supplies—previously believed inaccessible or non-existent—to be discovered, mined, and processed for both industrial and consumer use. The technology, a controversial process called hydraulic fracturing, has greatly expanded natural gas production in the United States and elsewhere. As these practices have become more commonplace, concerns about the related environmental and public health impacts have also increased—one of the most significant concerns regarding the fluids that are injected into rock formations to cause the fracturing which contain potentially hazardous chemical additives. Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing is a balanced and comprehensive guide to all aspects of hydraulic fracturing and covers all facets of the issue, including ongoing controversies about possible water pollution, drinking water contamination, and the potential for harmful chemical exposure. The author discusses both the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, explaining the process in great detail. Arguably the first book of its kind, this is the go-to text on the use and impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

    • Includes suggestions and recommendations on how to mitigate environmental damage caused by hydraulic fracturing.
    • Weighs the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing.
    • Describes the benefits of hydraulic fracturing and its importance for potential energy independence.
    • Largely updated for this new, second edition.

    Introduction. Shale Gas. Shale Gas Geology. Shale Gas Plays. Shale Gas Sources. Hydraulic Fracturing: The Process. Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing. Environmental Considerations. Laws and Regulations Affecting Shale Gas Development and Operations. Glossary. Appendices. Index.


    Frank R. Spellman, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with 26 years of active duty, a retired environmental safety and health manager for a large wastewater sanitation district in Virginia, and a retired assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author or co-author of 75 books, with more soon to be published. Dr. Spellman consults on environmental matters with the U.S. Department of Justice and various law firms and environmental entities around the globe.