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Hydraulically fractured: Unconventional gas and anthropology

Anthropology Today, vol.29 no.2 pp.13-17, April 2013


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Resource IDderijke20132
Resource titleHydraulically fractured: Unconventional gas and anthropology
Author(s)Kim de Rijke
Publication/ sourceAnthropology Today, vol.29 no.2 pp.13-17
Date publishedApril 2013
Summary text/ abstractHydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as 'fracking', is a controversial technique for recovering oil and gas from underground rock layers that has been available since the mid-20th century, but has not been commercially viable until this last decade. In conjunction with other technological advances such as horizontal drilling, fracking has helped to significantly increase unconventional gas production, initially and especially in the United States, but increasingly also in other countries around the world. In the context of global climate change, this technology has been heralded for its potential to provide a much cheaper and cleaner-burning energy source than coal and oil. However, the operation of this technology is accompanied by major environmental issues ranging from its potential to cause environmental pollution to triggering seismic events. The governments of industrialized countries have so far been ill-equipped to provide the stricter regulation that these sophisticated techniques are said to require, and their adoption – especially in countries with weaker regulatory regimes – could pose a particular threat to human populations. These factors make this technology particularly controversial today.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Extr. Energy Economics, Neo-Luddism
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