1st Edition

The Effects of Induced Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment Commercial Demands vs. Water, Wildlife, and Human Ecosystems

Edited By Matthew McBroom Copyright 2013
    362 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    362 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

    Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" as it is commonly known, refers to the practice of using liquids at very high pressures to fragment rock, thereby allowing natural gas to be harvested. This process increases energy resources but also has some negative environmental impacts as well. This book looks at the environmental impact. The first section looks at fracturing and the water supply, the second section looks at ecosystems and wildlife, while the final section examines the possible effects on human ecosystems and human health.

    Fracturing and Water Pollution
    Regulation of Water Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing in Horizontally-Drilled Wells in the Marcellus Shale Region, USA
    Heather Hatzenbuhler and Terence J. Centner
    Soil Erosion and Surface Water Quality Impacts of Natural Gas Development in East Texas, USA
    Matthew McBroom, Todd Thomas, and Yanli Zhang
    Analysis of Water Features in Gas Leakage Area
    Liu Huaishan, Wang Fengfan, Ton Siyou, Li Gaolin, and Zhang Haiyan
    Field Validation of Toxicity Tests to Evaluate the Potential for Benefi cial Use of Produced Water
    Joseph R. Bidwell, Jonathan C. Fisher, and Naomi L. Cooper
    Fracking vs Faucets: Balancing Energy Needs and Water Sustainability at Urban Frontiers
    Matthew Fry, David J. Hoeinghaus, Alexandra G. Ponette-Gonzalez, Ruthanne Thompson, and Thomas W. La Point
    Rapid Expansion of Natural Gas Development Poses a Threat to Surface Waters
    Sally Entrekin, Michelle Evans-White, Brent Johnson, and Elizabeth Hagenbuch
    Silica Gel Behavior Under Different EGS Chemical and Thermal Conditions: An Experimental Study
    Jonathan Hunt, Souheil Ezzedine, William Bourcier, Sarah Roberts
    Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report
    U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Hydraulic Fracturing and Wildlife
    Habitat Selection by Mule Deer During Migration: Effects of Landscape Structure and Natural-Gas Development
    Patrick E. Lendrum, Charles R. Anderson, Jr., Ryan A. Long, John G. Kie, and R. Terry Bowyer
    Potential Environmental Impacts
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

    Human Health Perspectives
    Missing from the Table: Role of the Environmental Public Health Community in Governmental Advisory Commissions Related to Marcellus Shale Drilling
    Bernard D. Goldstein, Jill Kriesky, and Barbara Pavliakova
    Modern Natural Gas Development and Harm to Health: The Need for Proactive Public Health Policies
    Madelon L. Finkel, Jake Hays, and Adam Law


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