Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction

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Publication Date: 
June, 2012
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Climate Change / Energy
Environment (Air, Water, Land)
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This report is a detailed assessment and synthesis of existing research on fracking as well as the results of interviews with representatives from state and federal agencies, industry, academia, environmental groups, and community-based organizations from across the U.S.  Interviewees indentified a broad set of social, economic, and environmental concerns foremost among which are impacts of hydraulic fracturing on the availability and quality of water resources.

This resource may be of most interest to funders with a focus on water, in terms both of quality and scarcity issues.

Heather Cooley, Kristina Donnelly, The Pacific Institute