Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking

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The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking

September 12, 2014

Authors:
Robert Jackson, Avner Vengosh, William Carey, Richard J. Davies, et all

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.