Research and Policy Recommendations for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale‐Gas Extraction

Author(s): Robert B. Jackson, Brooks Rainey Pearson, Stephen G. Osborn, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh

Published: May 2011

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Publication Type: Policy Brief

This policy brief builds on a Duke study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences linking hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to high levels of methane in well water. The brief, co-authored by a Nicholas Institute researcher, outlines recommendations for monitoring and addressing potential environmental and human health risks related to fracking.