Navigation Links
'Fracking' in the dark: Biological fallout of shale-gas production still largely unknown
Date:7/31/2014

In the United States, natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

As gas extraction continues to vastly outpace scientific examination, a team of eight conservation biologists from various organizations and institutions, including Princeton University, concluded that determining the environmental impact of gas-drilling sites such as chemical contamination from spills, well-casing failures and other accidents must be a top research priority.

With shale-gas production projected to surge during the next 30 years, the authors call on scientists, industry representatives and policymakers to cooperate on determining and minimizing the damage inflicted on the natural world by gas operations such as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." A major environmental concern, hydraulic fracturing releases natural gas from shale by breaking the rock up with a high-pressure blend of water, sand and other chemicals, which can include carcinogens and radioactive substances.

"We can't let shale development outpace our understanding of its environmental impacts," said co-author Morgan Tingley, a postdoctoral research associate in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

"The past has taught us that environmental impacts of large-scale development and resource extraction, whether coal plants, large dams or biofuel monocultures, are more than the sum of their parts," Tingley said.

The researchers found that there are significant "knowledge gaps" when it comes to direct and quantifiable evidence of how the natural world responds to shale-gas operations. A major impediment to research has been the lack of accessible and reli
'/>"/>

Contact: Morgan Kelly
mgnkelly@princeton.edu
609-258-5729
Princeton University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals
2. Another concern arises over groundwater contamination from fracking accidents
3. Hormone-disrupting activity of fracking chemicals worse than initially found
4. How to avoid water wars between fracking industry and residents
5. Acid mine drainage reduces radioactivity in fracking waste
6. UTSA, Southwest Research Institute to develop low-cost method to treat fracking water
7. First risk assessment of shale gas fracking to biodiversity
8. Many stressors associated with fracking due to perceived lack of trust, Pitt finds
9. Fracking: Challenges and opportunities
10. Fracking in Michigan: U-M researchers study potential impact on health, environment, economy
11. UMN scientists get federal grant for biotechnology development to purify fracking water
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Fracking' in the dark: Biological fallout of shale-gas production still largely unknown
(Date:9/30/2014)... news release is available in German . ... are among the most expensive foods in the world. Because ... find them. But the distinctive smell of truffles is not ... French scientists under the direction of the Goethe University Frankfurt ... produced by soil bacteria which are trapped inside truffle fruiting ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... goes wrong with your muscles because of age, disease or ... is. That,s where a new research report published in the ... comes in. In the report, a team of scientists ... help scientists "see" which genes are active in an organ ... activity and that men have approximately 400 more active genes ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... suite of perilous threats in today,s ocean. From ... change, fragile coral ecosystems are disappearing at unprecedented ... species of corals surrounding the island of Moorea ... their tropical environment: coral guard-crabs. New research from ... Station scientist Seabird McKeon and the museum,s predoctoral ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):On the trail of the truffle flavor 2Scientists identify which genes are active in muscles of men and women 2Smithsonian scientists discover coral's best defender against an army of sea stars 2
... United States are changing and will face reduced growth ... this century, according to a study conducted by a ... of California, Santa Barbara; U.S. Geological Survey; and University ... Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...
... It,s colds and flu season, and as any parent knows, ... New research using human-networking theory may give a clearer picture ... cold, influenza, whooping cough and SARS can spread through a ... With the help of 788 volunteers at a high ...
... ever, scientists have found a difference in the way males and ... that sexes likely use that difference to select their mates. ... team of researchers who found that male and female cichlid fishes ... as well. "It is difficult to say what colour ...
Cached Biology News:Drought and rising temperatures weaken southwest forests 2Human networking theory gives picture of infectious disease spread 2Human networking theory gives picture of infectious disease spread 3When it comes to selecting a mate, the eyes have it: Queen's University study 2
(Date:9/30/2014)... FemCap Inc., www.femcap.com  an innovator in ... a patent No: US, 8,795,248 B2 dated Aug. 5, ... clearance in the U.S., 510(K) K121857, medical device licensure ... is related to its menstrual cup with a unique ... releasing FemmyCycle Teen, a third menstrual cup to complement ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 2014 SoundConnect, an ... is dedicated to supporting business communication solutions, including ... Power, a carrier services specialist has ... stays connected and productive at all times. This ... of businesses to cloud communications services. On ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 30, 2014 Back in the 1970’s, many ... feet. per employee, which included space for circulation and file ... Jeff Howell, partner at Nidea Corporate Real Estate / ... “By the year 2000, however, 250 square feet per ... number come down to 175 to 225 square feet, and ...
(Date:9/29/2014)... BEACH, Va. , Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... from the fields of cartilage repair, regeneration, allograft ... attendees from around the world gathered to discuss ... LifeNet Health Institute of Regenerative Medicine symposium, ... Direction . Topics included Orthopedic Biosurgery, Minced Juvenile ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The FemmyCycle 2SoundConnect Expands Carrier Services Division 2ITRA Global Reports on How Companies Are Squeezing More Employees into Less Office Space 2ITRA Global Reports on How Companies Are Squeezing More Employees into Less Office Space 3World Renowned Experts Discuss Future Of Cartilage Regeneration 2World Renowned Experts Discuss Future Of Cartilage Regeneration 3
... Corp ., a Madison biotechnology company, has raised $1 million ... the total raised to $3 million in the past two ... verify the efficacy of two products: adhesives that bind tissues ... and medical device coatings that block bacterial adhesion to the ...
... - Sir Ken Robinson has many ... his point about creativity than the story of a little ... a senior advisor to the J. Paul Getty Trust ... creativity and innovation, told the story during a keynote address ...
... 1995, I gave a luncheon speech to the Chicago Bar ... st Century." At that time, many who attended ... that much faith in it. My argument was that the ... maxed out. Municipalities would have to become more creative to ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sir Ken Robinson: Companies, kids "get" innovation, but K-12 doesn't nurture it 2Sir Ken Robinson: Companies, kids "get" innovation, but K-12 doesn't nurture it 3Creativity, innovation extend to municipalities 2Creativity, innovation extend to municipalities 3Creativity, innovation extend to municipalities 4