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Main Title Shale gas : the promise and the peril /
Author Rao, Vikram.
Publisher RTI Press,
Year Published 2012
OCLC Number 808960830
ISBN 1934831107; 9781934831106
Subjects Shale gas industry--United States ; Shale gas--Environmental aspects ; Hydraulic fracturing ; Energy policy--United States ; Gaz naturel ; Huile de schiste ; Politique énergétique ; Effets sur l'environnement
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  HD9581.2.S53R36 2012 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 11/26/2012
EKBM  HD9581.2.S53R36 2012 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 04/08/2013
EKDM  HD9581.2.S53R36 2012 CEMM/EPD Library/Athens,GA 01/15/2014
Collation xiii, 183 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179).
Contents Notes
Shale gas basics -- So, where did all this gas come from suddenly? -- The oil plateau and the precipice beyond -- Gas will remain cheap and displace coal -- What a difference a hundred million years makes -- Environmental issues -- Beyond gasland -- Preventing contamination of surface and groundwater -- Zero fresh water usage -- Is natural gas indeed worse for the environment than coal? -- Earthquakes: Should we be concerned? -- Economics of production and use -- Is shale gas production indeed a giant Ponzi scheme? -- Chemical industry prodigals can return -- The ethane dilemma -- The Alaska pipeline is dead; long live the Alaska pipeline -- Transport liquids from gas: Economical now -- Natural gas vehicles: A step in the right direction -- Advantage methanol -- Informing on policy -- Turning the Pennsylvania two-(mis)step into a waltz -- Will cheap natural gas hurt renewables? -- Kicking shale into the eyes of the Russian bear -- Shale gas and U.S. national security -- Sustainable development: A double bottom line, plus afterthought -- Flex-fuel fairy tale -- Next steps -- Research directions -- Policy directions. Shale gas has the potential to transform the U.S. energy-based economy in the electricity, transportation, and chemical sectors. U.S. success can be expected to translate to Europe and other parts of the world. Shale gas production is uniquely enabled by hydraulic fracturing, a technique that has come under heavy scrutiny for its potential to cause environmental damage. In this book, Vikram Rao addresses the issues surrounding shale gas. The book is intended to inform both sides of the fracturing debate, where currently rhetoric is overtaking understanding. Tailored for a non-technical audience -- with technical chemistry and geology information in sidebars -- the book culminates in suggestions for research and guidance for policymaking.