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Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy

  • Presents a clear and unbiased view of the pros and cons of fracking in Europe and the US, through a simple and compelling narrative from an informed publicly-funded scientist
  • Includes full-colour diagrams, photographs, and maps to present information clearly and simply
  • Focuses on peer-reviewed, documented examples, particularly of earthquakes and groundwater contamination due to fracking

By: Michael Stephenson(Author)


Paperback | Feb 2015 | #223475 | ISBN-13: 9780128016060
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Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy explains the relevant geological principles before examining the peer-reviewed evidence and presenting it through a simple and compelling illustrated narrative. Each chapter focuses on a particular controversy, such contamination of well water with gas from fracking, and follows a similar format: starting with the principles; then detailing peer-reviewed case studies for earthquakes, radioactivity, and climate change; and concluding with a judgment of the general risks involved.

Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy provides readers with the unbiased information they need to make informed decisions on the controversial issue of fracking.

"Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy is an important book that should be read by anyone concerned or interested in shale gas or the issues surrounding fracking. Accessible and informative, this book is perfect for general readers, industry and environmental professionals, regulators, politicians, community leaders, business people, students, and anyone else who might be impacted by the production and use of shale gas – which in the coming years is likely to be everyone!"
– Rochelle Caviness, Tundraco



1. The Fuss About Shale
2. Shale, Shale, Everywhere
3. To Frack or Not to Frack
4. Gas in our Water
5. Did the Earth Move?
6. The Shale Gas Factory
7. Shale Gas and Climate
8. Keeping Watch
9. The Science Behind the Controversy

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