Environmental Science/Climate Change & Mitigation

The Effects of Induced Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment
Commercial Demands vs. Water, Wildlife, and Human Ecosystems

Editor: Matthew McBroom PhD, CF

The Effects of Induced Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: November 2013
Hardback Price: $169.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781926895833
E-Book ISBN: 9781482230956
Pages: 362pp
Binding Type: hardbound

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking' as it is commonly known, refers to the practice of using liquids at very high pressures to fragment oil and gas-bearing geologic strata, thereby allowing hydrocarbons to be harvested. This process increases energy resources but also has some negative potential environmental impacts as well. This book looks not at the specifics of fracking as an industry, but instead at the environmental impacts. The first section looks at fracturing and the water supply; how hydraulic fracturing depletes water resources and can potentially contaminate water supplies. Section II looks at ecosystems and wildlife; fracking may lead to habitat destruction and fragmentation, and various forms of wildlife species that may become endangered or may have found new areas to live. The final section examines the possible effects on human ecosystems and human health.

The book
  • discusses various sources and mitigation strategies of surface water contamination as they relate to oil and gas production
  • presents the biological effects of surface water contamination from oil and gas sources
  • considers the macrosustainability of oil and gas production as it relates to water sustainability
  • covers the specific effects of induced hydraulic fracturing and novel oil and gas exploitation on surface waters

Part 1: Fracturing and Water Pollution
Chapter 1: Regulation of Water Pollution in the Marcellus Shale Region, USA
Heather Hatzenbuhler and Terence J. Centner
Chapter 2: Impacts of Natural Gas Development in East Texas, USA
Matthew McBroom, Todd Thomas, and Yanli Zhang
Chapter 3: Analysis of Water Features in Gas Leakage Area
Liu Huaishan, Wang Fengfan, Ton Siyou, Li Gaolin, and Zhang Haiyan
Chapter 4: Toxicity Tests of Produced Water
Joseph R. Bidwell, Jonathan C. Fisher, and Naomi L. Cooper
Chapter 5: Fracking vs. Faucets
Matthew Fry, David J. Hoeinghaus, Alexandra G. Ponette-González, Ruthanne Thompson, and Thomas W. La Point
Chapter 6: Natural Gas Development as a Threat to Surface Waters
Sally Entrekin, Michelle Evans-White, Brent Johnson, and Elizabeth Hagenbuch
Chapter 7: Silica Gel under Different Chemical and Thermal Conditions
Jonathan Hunt, Souheil Ezzedine, William Bourcier, and Sarah Roberts
Chapter 8: Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
Part 2: Hydraulic Fracking and Wildlife
Chapter 9: Effects of Landscape and Natural Gas Development on Mule Deer
Patrick E. Lendrum, Charles R. Anderson, Jr., Ryan A. Long, John G. Kie, and R. Terry Bowyer
Chapter 10: Environmental Impact on Ecosystems and Wildlife
Part 3: Human Health Perspectives
Chapter 11: Role of the Environmental Public Health Community
Bernard D. Goldstein, Jill Kriesky, and Barbara Pavliakova
Chapter 12: Modern Natural Gas Development and Harm to Health
Madelon L. Finkel, Jake Hays, and Adam Law

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Matthew McBroom PhD, CF
Assistant Professor, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

Dr. Matthew McBroom is an associate professor at the Arthur Temple College of Foresrty and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, USA. His primary research interests are in the effects of land management on water resources, and how to design and implement land management activities to minimize potential impacts on water quality. The Texas Intensive Silviculture Study is one of his primary research projects, examining the effects of forest management activities such as clear cutting and site preparation with best management practices. He is also examining the dynamics of woody debris loading in the Sabine River, along with several other water resources studies.

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