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Environmental concerns and regulatory initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing in shale gas formations: potential implications for North American gas supply

Abstract

Shale gas resources have been referred to as a game changer for North America and it is expected that shale gas will account for over 30% of the natural gas production in North America by 2020. However, the development of this resource has raised several concerns, notably in terms of water use and contamination; more stringent regulations could be implemented in the coming years. The aim of this paper is to present the effect that more stringent regulations would have on gas development in the Marcellus shale, which accounts for 20% of North American shale gas production. Information on hydraulic fracturing and its environmental impacts is provided herein, along with information on the regulatory initiatives underway in the Marcellus shale region. This paper pointed out that novel regulations relating to shale gas development could significantly reduce the growth in shale gas production.
Authors:
Sumi, Lisa [1] 
  1. Earthworks (Canada)
Publication Date:
Sep 15, 2010
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; SHALE GAS; NORTH AMERICA; REGULATIONS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
OSTI ID:
21552933
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: CA1201121
Availability:
Available from the Internet at http://canadians.org/energy/documents/fracking/report-fracturing-1010.pdf
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
17 pages
Announcement Date:
Mar 01, 2013

Citation Formats

Sumi, Lisa. Environmental concerns and regulatory initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing in shale gas formations: potential implications for North American gas supply. Canada: N. p., 2010. Web.
Sumi, Lisa. Environmental concerns and regulatory initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing in shale gas formations: potential implications for North American gas supply. Canada.
Sumi, Lisa. 2010. "Environmental concerns and regulatory initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing in shale gas formations: potential implications for North American gas supply." Canada.
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title = {Environmental concerns and regulatory initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing in shale gas formations: potential implications for North American gas supply}
author = {Sumi, Lisa}
abstractNote = {Shale gas resources have been referred to as a game changer for North America and it is expected that shale gas will account for over 30% of the natural gas production in North America by 2020. However, the development of this resource has raised several concerns, notably in terms of water use and contamination; more stringent regulations could be implemented in the coming years. The aim of this paper is to present the effect that more stringent regulations would have on gas development in the Marcellus shale, which accounts for 20% of North American shale gas production. Information on hydraulic fracturing and its environmental impacts is provided herein, along with information on the regulatory initiatives underway in the Marcellus shale region. This paper pointed out that novel regulations relating to shale gas development could significantly reduce the growth in shale gas production.}
place = {Canada}
year = {2010}
month = {Sep}
}