Near a Fracking Center, Drinking Water Has More Chemicals and Carcinogens | InsideClimate News

Near a Fracking Center, Drinking Water Has More Chemicals and Carcinogens | InsideClimate News.

New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites – ProPublica

New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites – ProPublica.

“The Illusion of the Blue Flame: Water Law and Unconventional Gas Drill” by Anne Marie Garti

“The Illusion of the Blue Flame: Water Law and Unconventional Gas Drill” by Anne Marie Garti.

Speakers and Invited Participants — Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

Speakers and Invited Participants — Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Environmental and Social Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing and Gas Drilling in the United States: An Integrative Workshop for the Evaluation of the State of Science and Policy

Jan 09, 2012
from 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM Reynolds Theatre, Bryan Center, Duke University

Funded by National Science Foundation

Sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment and
the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum at the Duke Law School

Background
Advances in drilling technologies and production strategies such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have significantly improved the production of natural gas by stimulating the flow of gas and liquids to and from wells. These new developments have accelerated the shale gas exploitation, which are dramatically changing the energy landscape in the United States. Yet new research is highlighting the environmental risks, economic and social consequences, and consequently the policy that need to make shale-gas extraction as sustainable as possible.

Purposes
The focus of this workshop is to bring together representatives of the different sectors (industry, science, federal agencies, regulators, environmentalists) that will address the environmental and social effects of hydraulic fracturing and shale gas drilling in the United States. The workshop will address the different environmental, legal, and socio-economic components related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas drilling.

The Marcellus Papers–Museum of the Earth

Museum of the Earth.

The Marcellus Papers

series of papers dedicated to exploring Earth System Science issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling.
[ * = PDF format ]

Introduction to the Marcellus Shale *

An introduction to the geological characteristics and considerations of the Marcellus Shale, as well as its cultural history and major topics of interest. (issued May 2011)

Why the Geology Matters *

A discussion of the geological characteristics associated with the Marcellus Shale. (issued May 2011)

Making the Earth Shake: Understanding Induced Seismicity *

A discussion of the possibility of induced seismicity resulting from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. (issued May 2011)

Understanding Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material in the Marcellus Shale *

A discussion of the naturally occurring radioactive material resulting from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. (issued Aug 2011)

Jointing and Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale *

A discussion of natural fractures, or joints, present in the Marcellus Shale and the hydraulic fractures that are induced during unconventional gas drilling to extract natural gas. (issued Aug 2011)

Water: Into the Wells *

A discussion of the water input required to hydraulically fracture a Marcellus Shale well- the quantity, additives, and risks. (issued Nov 2011)

Water: Out of the Wells *

A discussion of the waste fluids from Marcellus drilling: what they are and where they will go. (issued Nov 2011)

Sources and Uses of Energy: A brief overview *

A discussion of the sources and uses of energy, how they have changed over time and how Marcellus Shale is contextualized within the larger energy system. (issued Nov 2011)