The debate over hydro-fracking gained momentum after the 2010 release of the movie Gasland, an exposé of the environmental hazards of fracking. According to Frank Umbach, a consultant on international energy security and security policies, original studies supported the views of the film. However, recent research casts doubt on the earlier findings, and many independent experts are quick to point out the economic and environmental advantages of extracting natural gas. For those interested in learning more about the pros and cons of shale gas extraction, getAbstract suggests this timely, brief article, although the arguments presented are biased.
In this summary, you will learn
- What major concerns surround fracking, a natural gas extraction technique;
- How countries can manage the risks; and
- How extracting natural gas can benefit EU nations.
About the Author
Dr. Frank Umbach a senior associate and head of the International Energy Security program at the Centre for European Security Strategies.