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The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking

All Authors: 
Robert Jackson, Avner Vengosh, William Carey, Richard J. Davies, et all
September 11, 2014

The environmental costs and benefits from "fracking," which requires blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations, are the subject of new research that synthesizes 165 academic studies and government databases. The survey covers not only greenhouse gas impacts but also fracking's influence on local air pollution, earthquakes and, especially, supplies of clean water.