Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy explains the relevant geological principles before examining the peer-reviewed evidence and presenting it through a simple and compelling illustrated narrative. Each chapter focuses on a particular controversy, such contamination of well water with gas from fracking, and follows a similar format: starting with the principles; then detailing peer-reviewed case studies for earthquakes, radioactivity, and climate change; and concluding with a judgment of the general risks involved.
Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy provides readers with the unbiased information they need to make informed decisions on the controversial issue of fracking.
Mike Stephenson is an expert on Energy and Climate Change and has a unique mixture of modern climate/energy science and policy experience in 'deep time' climate change, and coal/petroleum geology. He has published two books on related subjects and over 80 peer-reviewed papers. His recently published book Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy (Elsevier) won an 'honourable mention' at the Association of American Publishers PROSE awards in Washington DC on 4th February 2016. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Journal Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. In addition, as Chief Scientist of the British Geological Survey Mike Stephenson has represented UK science interests in energy, as well as providing extensive advice to the UK Government. For example, in October 2013 he was shale gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS) advisor to Sir Mark Walport, Chief UK Government Scientific Advisor, on a fact-finding mission to Texas and Alberta. He gave verbal evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs inquiry into shale gas on 15 Oct 2013.
Preface 1. The Fuss About Shale 2. Shale, Shale, Everywhere 3. To Frack or Not to Frack 4. Gas in our Water 5. Did the Earth Move? 6. The Shale Gas Factory 7. Shale Gas and Climate 8. Keeping Watch 9. The Science Behind the Controversy Glossary Conversion Table