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Environmental and Health Issues in Unconventional Oil and Gas Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128041116, 9780128041253

Environmental and Health Issues in Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

1st Edition

Editors: Debra Kaden Tracie Rose
Paperback ISBN: 9780128041116
eBook ISBN: 9780128041253
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 7th December 2015
Page Count: 286
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Environmental and Health Issues in Unconventional Oil and Gas Development offers a series of authoritative perspectives from varied viewpoints on key issues relevant in the use of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, providing a timely presentation of requisite information on the implications of these technologies for those connected to unconventional oil and shale gas development.

Utilizing expertise from a range of contributors in academia, non-governmental organizations, and the oil and gas industry, Environmental and Health Issues in Unconventional Oil and Gas Development is an essential resource for academics and professionals in the oil and gas, environmental, and health and safety industries as well as for policy makers.

Key Features

  • Offers a multi-disciplinary appreciation of the environmental and health issues related to unconventional oil and shale gas development
  • Serves as a collective resource for academics and professionals in the oil and gas, environmental, health, and safety industries, as well as environmental scientists and policymakers
  • Features a diverse and expert group of chapter authors from academia, non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and the oil and gas industry


Geoscientists; Environmental, Health and Safety Advisors in the Oil and Gas industry; Environmentalists; Governmental Regulators; Toxicologists

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgment
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Process, and an Introduction to Exposure Pathways
    • Abstract
    • Introduction to the oil and gas industry
    • Exposure pathway evaluation of unconventional oil and gas activities
    • Conclusions
  • Chapter 2: Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas: Economic Rewards and Risks
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • The national picture
    • Subnational impacts
    • Risks to companies
    • Conclusions
  • Chapter 3: Methane Emissions from the Natural Gas Supply Chain
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Emission sources
    • State of knowledge prior to unconventional development
    • Recent studies
    • Conclusions
  • Chapter 4: A Review of Drinking Water Contamination Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Abstract
    • Overview
    • Exposure pathways
    • Regulations overview
    • Water exposure case studies
    • Prevention techniques
    • Conclusions
  • Chapter 5: Water Use and Wastewater Management: Interrelated Issues with Unique Problems and Solutions
    • Abstract
    • Water use
    • Wastewater management
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: A Primer on Litigation That Involves Alleged Water Well Contamination From Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Abstract
    • Factual allegations
    • Causes of action
    • Requests for relief
    • Evidentiary issues
    • Distinctive legal and factual issues
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7: Occupational Health and Safety Aspects of Oil and Gas Extraction
    • Abstract
    • Workplace fatalities among oil and gas extraction workers
    • Risks for chemical exposures in oil and gas extraction workers
  • Chapter 8: Public Health, Risk Perception, and Risk Communication: Unconventional Shale Gas in the United States and the European Union
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Unconventional gas drilling
    • The path forward
  • Chapter 9: Transportation of Shale Gas and Oil Resources
    • Abstract
    • Routes and modes of transportation of shale gas and oil
    • Issues and concerns arising out of the transportation of shale gas and oil
    • Regulations
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 10: An Evaluation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Literature for the Determination of Cause–Effect Relationships and the Analysis of Environmental Risk and Sustainability
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Evaluation methods
    • Results
    • Discussion and conclusions
    • Search Term Box
  • Chapter 11: Induced Seismicity
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Definition of induced seismicity; relation to human activity
    • Inventory of induced earthquakes
    • Discussion
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 12: State and Federal Oil and Gas Regulations
    • Abstract
    • What is the purpose of oil and gas regulations?
    • What O&G issues do US state agencies regulate?
    • What O&G issues do US federal agencies regulate?
    • What issues do the various federal agencies govern?
    • What states currently allow fracking?
    • What states currently ban fracking?
    • What is the weight of evidence on fracking risks?
    • Should state or federal agencies regulate fracking?
    • Do regulations adequately consider global dynamics?
    • How can US national energy policy be most effective?
  • Chapter 13: An International Perspective of Challenges and Constraints in Shale Gas Extraction
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Global background
    • Regional summary of shale gas activity
    • Global challenges and constraints to shale gas production
    • Summary
  • Subject Index


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About the Editors

Debra Kaden

Dr. Debra A. Kaden has more than 25 years’ experience in toxicology and environmental health sciences, with emphasis in the area of air toxics. She is a senior practitioner in ENVIRON’s Occupational Health and Safety practice. Debra is a member of the International Society for Exposure Science—where she sits on the council—as well as a member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and serves as president of the New England chapter of SRA. Debra has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications in toxicology and environmental health sciences. She has spearheaded critical reviews of the state of science to identify research priorities for understanding exposure and health effects of mobile source air toxics, diesel exhaust and electric and magnetic fields. Debra also has organized and convened workshops and conferences on scientific topics relevant to air pollution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ US, USA

Tracie Rose

Tracie Rose

Tracie L. Rose is a cultural anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience supporting all aspects of dispute resolution, including bankruptcies, trial arbitration and both real and threatened litigation. She is currently a Principal at in RHP Risk Management. Her experience in dispute resolution, litigation and trial include mass tort, class action, product liability, premises liability, regulatory, due diligence, environmental, chemical release and exposure, accounting liability, bankruptcy, antitrust, non-competition and insurance actions in both state and federal jurisdictions. She is experienced in document mining and objective analysis across many topics.Tracie has published on and presented on topics related to health risk, exposure analysis, and risk communication. She lives with her husband, Don, in the suburbs of Chicago and has 2 adult children, Jessica and Wyatt, and daughter-in-law, Kate.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal, RHP Risk Management Inc, USA

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