FRAW site index
Free Range Library index

Free Range Library

Anarchism & Action

Climate Change



Direct Action & Protest




Extreme Energy

Extr. Energy Climate

Extr. Energy Economics

Extr. Energy Nature

Extr. Energy Pollution

Extr. Energy Radiation

Food & Agriculture

FOSS & Linux


Land Rights

'Limits to Growth'




Peak Oil

Planning System







UK Government

UK Parliament



50 most recently added files index

Free Range Library indexes last updated 15:41, 28/06/2018

This form allows you to search the resource IDs and resource titles of the files in the Free Range Library. If a full match to a key cannot be found, a list of partial matches is returned.

library logo

The Free Range Virtual Library:

Cornucopia or curse? Reviewing the costs and benefits of shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol.37 pp.249-264 (preprint), June 2014

Free Range Library News & Events

10/04/18: Library database engine updated.

28/08/17: Library database engine updated (FRAW Library should be listed on searches more easily now).

10/08/17: Further changes to the website architecture completed to allowed continued expansion of the library.

22/12/16: 14 papers have been added to the Extreme Energy, Climate Change and UK Government sections.

22/11/16: 60 papers have been added to the Extreme Energy section.

back to previous page

Resource information:
Resource IDsovacool2014
Resource titleCornucopia or curse? Reviewing the costs and benefits of shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
Author(s)Benjamin K. Sovacool
Publication/ sourceRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol.37 pp.249-264 (preprint)
Date publishedJune 2014
Summary text/ abstractThis study assesses the overall technical, economic, environmental, and social costs and benefits of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") of natural gas. Drawn from a review of more than 100 studies looking at shale gas in the past 10 years, most of them peer-reviewed, this article begins by briefly explaining the process of hydrofracking and summarizing recent market trends up until late 2013. Then, the study discusses a series of advantages and disadvantages to hydrofracking. It notes that done properly, shale gas development can enhance energy security and the availability of energy fuels, lower natural gas prices, offer a cleaner environmental footprint than some other fossil fuels, and enable local economic development. However, done poorly production can be prone to accidents and leakage, contribute to environmental degradation, induce earthquakes, and, when externalities are accounted for, produce more net economic losses than profits. The study concludes that the pursuit and utilization of shale gas thus presents policymakers, planners, and investors with a series of pernicious tradeoffs and tough choices.
Library categoriesClimate Change, Economics, Energy, Extr. Energy Economics
Added to Free Range Library07/06/2014
Download file(s):

file iconCornucopia or curse? Reviewing the costs and benefits of shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) [3.6 megabytes]

back to previous page

[an error occurred while processing this directive]