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Fracking: The Operations and Environmental Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking: The Operations and Environmental Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing

Michael D. Holloway, Oliver Rudd

ISBN: 978-1-118-74791-9

May 2013

392 pages

$149.99

Description

This book presents both sides of a very controversial subject in today’s media: induced hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” It covers the technology and methods used in hydraulic fracturing in easy-to-understand language, for the engineer and layperson alike, presenting the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing.

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

1 Environmental Impact – Reality and Myth and Nero Did Not Fiddle While Rome Burned 1

2 Production Development 5

3 Fractures: Their Orientation and Length 11

4 Casing and Cementing 15

5 Pre-Drill Assessments 19

6 Well Construction 23

7 Well Operations 29

8 Failure and Contamination Reduction 43

9 Frack Fluids and Composition 49

10 So Where Do the Frack Fluids Go? 61

11 Common Objections to Drilling Operations 63

12 Air Emissions Controls 87

Review Permits 99

13 Chemicals and Products on Locations 101

14 Public Perception, the Media, and the Facts 125

14.1 Regulation or Policy Topics: Media Coverage and Public Perception 131

15 Notes from the Field 139

Appendix A 157

Appendix B 353

References 354

Bibliography 357

Index 359