As with any other industrial activity, oil and gas production from unconventional sources entails environmental risks and as discussed here, these risks vary among shale plays. Technological and policy instruments can be used to manage and mitigate these risks. However, to be successful, they must be economically viable and accepted by the public. Adherence to best environmental management practices, minimizing emissions and releases, and maximizing use of non-potable waters, as well as recycling and reusing waters can all offset the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. A standardized environmental impact assessment framework that allows for stakeholder participation would be useful to characterize and communicate environmental risks.
|Number of pages||8|
|Specialist publication||EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers|
|State||Published - Jul 2014|