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Author: R E Hester; Roy M Harrison
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Royal Society of Chemistry, [2015] ©2015
Series: Issues in environmental science and technology, 39.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fracking has the potential to extract hydrocarbons from previously inaccessible sources of gas and oil, but is regularly in the news because of environmental concerns surrounding the process. First used commercially in the mid-20th Century, only recently has fracking been deployed on a large scale, revolutionizing the energy industry in the USA. As more nations seek to adopt or ban fracking, do the economic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R E Hester; Roy M Harrison
ISBN: 9781849739207 184973920X
OCLC Number: 890394807
Awards: The Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade, 2013
Description: xvii, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction and overview : the role of shale gas in securing our energy future / Peter Hardy --
History --
Shale gas production and reserves in the UK --
Overview --
Exploitation of reserves --
Production --
UK estimates of shale gas --
Resource requirements --
Existing natural gas supplies in the UK --
World energy environment : is shale likely to be a game changer? --
Regulation --
Predictions are hard, especially about the future --
Disclaimer. Shale gas boom, trade and environmental policies : global economic and environmental analyses in a multidisciplinary modeling framework / Farzad Taheripour, Wallace E. Tyner and Kemal Sarica --
Literature review and background --
The GTAP model --
GTAP model and database modifications --
Natural gas in the GTAP database --
Firms' demand for energy items --
Depiction of natural resources --
Treatment of unemployment --
simulation experiments --
simulation results --
Production --
GDP impacts --
Employment --
Prices --
Trade impacts --
Welfare impacts --
Emissions. Exploration for unconventional hydrocarbons : shale gas and shale oil / Iain C. Scotchman --
Shale resources systems : concepts --
shale gas --
shale (tight) oil --
What makes a shale reservoir? --
Organic richness --
Porosity --
Permeability methods : traditional core plug and crushed core --
Gas storage : free versus adsorbed gas --
Mineralogy --
Fractures and faulting --
Confining elements : "flow-unit" concept --
Resource and reserve evaluation --
Exploration and exploitation of shale reservoirs --
Geological/environmental considerations --
Hydraulic fracturing (completion) --
Groundwater issues --
Completion or "frac" fluids --
Shale resources : USA versus Europe and the rest of the world. Climate change impacts of shale gas production / John Broderick and Ruth Wood --
Life-cycle climate impact of shale gas production --
Sources of greenhouse gas emissions --
Quantitative estimates of life-cycle climate impacts --
Shale gas in the global energy system --
The significance of the energy system in contributing to climate change --
Cumulative emissions and climate change --
Fossil fuels in the context of emissions budgets --
Shale gas as a transition fuel --
Conditions and evidence to date --
Future opportunities? The hydrogeological aspects of shale gas extraction in the UK / Robert S. Ward, Marianne E. Stuart and John P. Bloomfield --
Potential shale gas resources and aquifers in the UK --
Potential shale gas source rocks --
UK aquifers --
Water resources --
Contaminant/pollutant sources --
Drilling --
Hydraulic fracturing fluids --
flow back and produced (formation) wastewater --
Shale gas --
Contaminant pathways and receptors --
Natural sub-surface pathways --
Induced fractures --
Drilling well integrity --
Surface accidental releases of liquids and chemicals --
Risk assessment, regulation and groundwater protection --
Evidence of shale-gas-related groundwater contamination. Coal seam gas recovery in Australia : economic, environmental and policy issues / Alan Randall --
Global energy an greenhouse gas emissions outlook --
The Australian context --
Conflicting worldviews --
The Australian minerals economy --
Exports --
Benefits to Australia --
Australian minerals rights and resource taxation policies encourage extraction --
Coal seam gas development in Australia --
CSG extraction technology --
Environmental impacts of CSG --
Toward a comprehensive economic assessment of CSG development : a case study of CSG versus agriculture on prime farmland. Prospects for shale gas development in China / Shu Jiang --
Geology and shale gas resources in China --
Recent progress of shale gas development in China --
socioeconomic and employment benefits of shale gas development China --
Geopolitical implications of shale gas development in China --
China;s supportive policies for shale gas development --
Challenges for shale gas development in china --
Complex geology --
Lack of advanced shale gas development technologies and experience --
Infrastructure --
Water shortage in some areas --
environmental issues --
The promising future of China's shale gas development. Unconventional and unburnable : why going all out for shale gas is the wrong direction for the UK's energy policy / Tony Bosworth --
The government's view --
Environmental concerns --
Climate change --
Water resources --
Water contamination --
Health impacts--
Earthquakes--
Will UK regulation be adequate? --
Local economic impacts --
Energy bills--
Jobs and local economy --
energy security --
Other forms of unconventional gas --
Friends of the Earth's vision --
The power sector --
Heat.
Series Title: Issues in environmental science and technology, 39.
Responsibility: editors, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison.

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