Unconventional Oil and Shale Gas: Growth, Extraction and Water Management Issues


Amber L. Tuft (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: BUS070040

The United States has seen resurgence in petroleum production, mainly driven by technology improvements—especially hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling—developed for natural gas production from shale formations. Application of these technologies enabled natural gas to be economically produced from shale and other unconventional formations, and contributed to the United States becoming the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2009.

This book focuses on the growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production driven primarily by tight oil formations and shale gas formations. It reviews selected federal environmental regulatory and research initiatives related to unconventional oil and gas extraction, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed hydraulic fracturing rule and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions. This book also provides a technological assessment of existing and emerging water procurement and management practices in shale energy producing regions of the United States. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – An Overview of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas: Resources and Federal Actions (pp. 1-40)
Michael Ratner and Mary Tiemann

Chapter 2 – Shale Energy Technology Assessment: Current and Emerging Water Practices (pp. 41-92)
Mary Tiemann, Peter Folger and Nicole T. Carter

Chapter 3 – Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Regulatory Issues (pp. 93-142)
Mary Tiemann and Adam Vann


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