Environmental and Human Impacts of Unconventional Energy Development

Avner Vengosh, William A. Mitch, Lisa M. McKenzie

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The rise of the shale revolution at the beginning of the 21st century triggered a hotly contested public debate concerning the balance between the economic benefits of extraction of natural gas and oil from unconventional resources (unconventional oil and gas, UO&G) and the associated environmental and health risks. Risks include increased climate forcing as a result of fugitive CH 4 emissions, localized air and water pollution, and ecological and community impacts. To highlight research advances in more than 100 papers published, a Virtual Issue containing 28 recent (2015-2017) papers that have contributed to the scientific understanding of UO&G within topics, e.g., fugitive CH 4 emission estimates, air quality, impacts of waste fluids (hydraulic fracturing fluids and formation waters) on water quality and use, and risk governance policies, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10271-10273
Number of pages3
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number18
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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