Academic journal article Geography

Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know

Academic journal article Geography

Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Hydrofracking: What everyone needs to know Alex Prud'homme Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 184pp, 14x21cm Pb: £10.99, ISBN 978-0-19-931125-5

This is an excellent and concise handbook on 'hydrofracking', written for the lay reader as one of the Oxford University Press series 'What everyone needs to know'. It deals predominantly with hydrofracturing for shale-gas in the USA, which is understandable since the technology was developed there and has already been utilised on a vast scale in that country.

Many of us will not have realised how dramatic the rise of the shale-gas industry in the USA has been. By 2009 there were already nearly 500,000 active gas wells there, about 90% using hydrofracturing. Shale-gas has moved from providing just 2% of the USA's total energy supply in 2000 to 37% in 2012 (author's figures). In consequence energy costs there have dropped sharply, some 600,000 jobs have been directly created and industries such as petrochemicals and steelmaking have moved back to the USA.

The book has 129 pages of text (plus glossary, appendix, notes, further reading and index) and is in three parts. The first is a 'Fossil Fuel Primer', which gives a clear overview about coal, oil, natural gas and the various types of 'unconventional fuels', before outlining the technology required for deep directional drilling and hydrofracturing to produce shalegas. …

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