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Fracking and the Environment

A scientific assessment of the environmental risks from hydraulic fracturing and fossil fuels

Authors: Soeder, Daniel

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  • Provides a scientific approach to the understanding of hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
  • Discusses fracking in a historical context to give insights into its present-day uses and impacts
  • Offers a systematic approach to understanding and preventing environmental impacts of fracking
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This book provides a systematic scientific approach to the understanding of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a hydrocarbon extraction technology and its impact on the environment. The book addresses research from the past decade to assess how fracking can affect air, water, landscapes and ecosystems, and presents the subject in the context of the history of fracking and shale gas development in the United States, describing what is known and not known about environmental impacts, and the broader implications of fossil energy use, climate change, and technology development. In 9 chapters, the author lays out how and why hydraulic fracturing was developed, what driving forces existed at the beginning of the so-called "shale revolution", how success was achieved, and when and why public acceptance of the technology changed. 

The intended audience is scientific people who are concerned about fracking, but perhaps do not know all that much about it.  It is also intended for lay people who would be interested in understanding the technical details of the process and what effects it might or might not be having on the environment.  The book is written at a level that is both understandable and technically correct. A further goal is to give some useful insights even to experienced petroleum geologists and engineers who have been doing fracking for many years.   

About the authors

Daniel J. Soeder is a consulting geologist and writer.  He served as Director of the Energy Resources Initiative at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy, and as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. His research interests include the geology of conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas reservoirs, environmental effects of fossil energy production, and the petrophysical properties of geologic materials, including low-permeability sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-59121-2
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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fracking and the Environment
Book Subtitle
A scientific assessment of the environmental risks from hydraulic fracturing and fossil fuels
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59121-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59121-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-59120-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 279
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
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