- Natural gas operations from a public health perspective
Summarizes potential health effects of products and chemicals used in natural gas operations. Toxicological categorization of the products and chemicals that are summarized in the article were acquired by obtaining the Material Safety Data Sheets, reports and environmental assessments from different sources, including states and industry.
- Public Health Concerns of Shale Gas Production
The authors highlight some of the practices and processes of shale gas drilling that might pose a health risk. Not enough research has been done on all aspects of shale gas drilling to know the exact health risks but the authors claim that enough is known to raise a high level of concern for individual and community health. The authors call for drilling to be slowed or stopped to allow adequate research to improve our understanding of the health implications of shale gas drilling. This is a supplementary article to the Post Carbon Institute Hughes report, "Will Natural Gas Fuel America in the 21st Century?".
- The Rush to Drill for Natural Gas: A Public Health Cautionary Tale
From Abstract: The Marcellus Shale, located in western New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, is estimated to contain enough natural gas to supply the United States for the next 45 years. New drilling technology-horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale (fracking)-has made gas extraction much more economically feasible. However, this technique poses a threat to the environment and to the public's health... see full abstract.
- Final Report on Unconventional Gas in Europe
From Introduction: The main purpose of the Study is to analyse how the relevant applicable European legal framework, including environmental law, is applied to the licensing/authorisation and operational permitting for prospection, exploration and production/exploitation of shale gas based on a sample of four Member States, i.e. Poland, France, Germany and Sweden. It is, however, not purpose of the study to assess whether Member State legislation based on EU legislation has been properly transposed... See Full Text
- Local Leaders' Perceptions of Energy Development in the Barnett Shale
From Abstract: In recent decades, the production of natural gas from unconventional reservoirs (i.e., tight gas sands,coalbed methane resources, and gas shales) has become commonplace within the U.S. energy industry. The Newark East Fort Worth Basin field–called in the vernacular, the Barnett Shale–in north-central Texas is oneof the largest unconventional natural gas fields (by production volume) in the United States. Unlike many conventional energy development projects... See Full Abstract.