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Environmental issues related to fracking

Published inJournal of World Energy Law and Business, vol. 41, no. jwaa039
Publication date2021

Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking' overlays a major industrial operation on the land in areas where shale and tight hydrocarbon resources can be exploited. Every aspect of the fracking operation can cause environmental damage, although the damage from any individual well is both unlikely and usually fairly limited. Such damage has been extensively documented, giving the impression that fracking activity is bad for the environment. There is no yes or no answer to the question ‘Is fracking harmful to the environment'; rather, it is an issue that must be resolved politically rather than scientifically.

  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Fracking
  • Oil and gas exploitation
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CARMALT, Samuel Woolsey, MOSCARIELLO, Andrea. Environmental issues related to fracking. In: Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2021, vol. 41, n° jwaa039. doi: 10.1093/jwelb/jwaa039
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