Wednesday, November 28, 2012

UNEP Global Environmental Alert Released for November: Gas Fracking: Can We Safely Squeeze the Rocks?

This month, the United Nations Environment Programme released a new Global Environmental Alert titled, Gas Fracking: Can We Safely Squeeze the Rocks? (Nov. 2012). According to the 15-page alert, available here
Hydrological fracturing techniques have made accessible vast unconventional gas reserves. However, observed impacts on the environment and human health raise legitimate public concerns. The potential climate benefits of coal-to-gas substitution are both less clear and more limited than initially claimed. The question of whether to allow or ban gas fracking needs to be carefully assessed by relevant authorities. A review of current related policies and regulations is critically needed.

Prior alerts are available here, dating from Aug. 2010 to the present.

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