|Title:||Tracking fracking : monitoring atmospheric effects of hydraulic fracturing using remote sensing|
|Material Type:||ISU Team Project reports|
|Publisher:||Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2015|
|Size:||1 electronic resource (xiii, 105 p.) / col. ill.|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references|
|Subjects:||Artificial satellites in remote sensing ; Atmosphere--Remote sensing ; Gas fields--Production methods ; Gas wells--Hydraulic fracturing ; Remote sensing ; Remote sensing--Research--United States|
|Keywords:||Hydraulic fracturing ; hydraulic fracking|
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is an unconventional gas extraction technique that enables the exploitation of new gas and oil reserves in subterranean shale deposits. The environmental effects of unconventional oil and gas extraction are the subject of an emotional debate among local citizens, legislators, government regulatory bodies, and the oil and gas industry. Claims that hydraulic fracturing causes harmful atmospheric emissions, groundwater and soil pollution, and earthquakes have not been decisively addressed because of the absence of systematic analysis and monitoring of hydraulic fracturing impacts.
This team project provides an approach for monitoring the atmospheric effects of the hydraulic fracturing process. We review the economic, political, legal, and social context at the international, U.S., and Ohio levels, describe the hydraulic fracturing process, and discuss potential environmental effects. It we proposes a multi-platform monitoring system using existing and future satellite instrumentation, which can be implemented anywhere on Earth, and a roadmap to guide rollout of the proposal. When our proposed monitoring system is implemented, citizens and decision makers will have access to accurate data to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of hydraulic fracturing.
|ISU program :||Space Studies Program|
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