Fracking is a controversial topic globally and one about which there is much misunderstanding. This unbiased book was written to bring clarity to the issues--and the science--surrounding this potential alternative to oil and coal. Under the guidance of an internationally recognized public health expert, it provides a comprehensive look at unconventional natural gas development from many different perspectives. Each chapter focuses on a specific issue--from concerns about whether unconventional gas development leads to adverse health problems, to what extent it can disrupt the human endocrine system, to what effect it has on animal health, climate change, water quality, and air quality--and discusses what is known based on the best empirical evidence.
Written for the layperson, the book dispels myths surrounding fracking, corrects misconceptions, and offers impartial, scientifically based information on both benefits and challenges. Readers will learn about the effects fracking has on the environment--our water, air, and climate--as well as on human and animal health. The contributors also look at the economics of fracking and at its socioeconomic impact on local communities and nations. They discuss legal and ethical issues related to the practice and, in keeping with the intent to provide a fair and balanced overview, share the industry perspective as well.