The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development - History of The Urban Environment (Hardback)
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The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development - History of The Urban Environment (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 30/01/2018
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The U.S. shale boom and efforts by other countries to exploit their shale resources could reshape energy and environmental landscapes across the world. But how might those landscapes change? Will countries with significant physical reserves try to exploit them? Will they protect or harm local communities and the global climate? Will the benefits be shared or retained by powerful interests? And how will these decisions be made?

The Shale Dilemma brings together experts working at the forefront of shale gas issues on four continents to explain how countries reach their decisions on shale development. Using a common analytical framework, the authors identify both local factors and transnational patterns in the decision-making process. Eight case studies reveal the trade-offs each country makes as it decides whether to pursue, delay, or block development. Those outcomes in turn reflect the nature of a country's political process and the power of interest groups on both sides of the issue. The contributors also ask whether the economic arguments made by the shale industry and its government supporters have overshadowed the concerns of local communities for information on the effects of shale operations, and for tax policies and regulations to ensure broad-based economic development and environmental protection.

As an informative and even-handed account, The Shale Dilemma recommends practical steps to help countries reach better, more transparent, and more far-sighted decisions.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822945130
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"North America's shale gas revolution has been a global game changer. The key question is: what happens next? This volume provides an indispensable guide to the future prospects for the global industry. A common framework is used to explore the 'shale dilemma' in countries with commercial production, where exploration is at an early stage and where it is banned. The analysis moves beyond established critiques to address the key issues of differential impact and equity and suggests how countries might make better decisions."
--Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School, UK
"The Shale Dilemma provides an evenhanded, extensively-researched, global examination of issues related to production of shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling. . . . By examining different approaches to shale gas, the work leads us to a comprehensive understanding of the 'promises and perils' of development of unconventional fossil fuel."
--Energy Research & Social Science

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