New Book Weighs Pros, Cons of Shale
8/3/2012 - RTI International - RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK
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A new book, Shale Gas: The Promise and the Peril, offers a
balanced look at the intense debate surrounding shale gas production
and the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
book was written by Vikram Rao, Ph.D., executive director of the
Energy Consortium, who has more than 30 years of experience in
energy research and development.
Written for a non-technical audience, the book is intended to inform
both sides of the fracking debate by highlighting potentially
positive and negative outcomes associated with shale gas production,
which has the potential to transform the worldwide energy-based
book examines shale gas usage from the standpoint of economic value,
potential environmental hazards and remedies, and political
considerations with a goal of introducing supporters and opponents
to issues they were not previously aware of.
By analyzing current
and past developments in natural gas production, Shale Gas: The
Promise and the Peril lays the groundwork needed to inform future
policy decisions regarding this resource.
For example, Rao suggests “The biggest winner from a prohibition of
fracturing and hence shale gas production would be Russia, closely
followed by Iran… Absent shale gas, Russian gas will increasingly
enjoy a monopoly in many European countries.”
The book includes an introduction to shale gas, an in-depth analysis
of environmental and economic issues related to fracking, and
concludes with suggestions for research and guidance for policy
making related to responsible shale gas production.
contains short chapters that are fairly self-contained, allowing
readers to focus on chapters of interest.
Shale Gas: The Promise and the Peril was published by RTI Press and
is available on the
RTI Press website.
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