Econ. Environ. Geol. 2013; 46(1): 63-69

Published online February 28, 2013

© THE KOREAN SOCIETY OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

Environmental Issues for the Hydraulic Fracturing Applied in the Process of the Shale Gas Development

Hyeop-Jo Han1, Kyoung-Woong Kim1*, Kyung-Won Na2, Hee-Won Park3, Jin-Soo Lee4 and Yon-Sik Shim4

1School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
2Eco Research Group, Inc.
3Energy Holdings Group, Inc.
4Technology Research Center, Mine Reclamation Corporation

Correspondence to :

Kyoung-Woong Kim

kwkim@gist.ac.kr

Received: February 5, 2013; Accepted: February 21, 2013

Abstract

This paper discusses important environmental issues that must be considered during shale gas development. Shale gas has been attracting many attention as the next key energy resource with its large abundance through easily accessible production fields, and its lower carbon dioxide & sulfur dioxide emission profile upon combustion when compared to the conventional oil and natural gas resources. Successful development of a shale gas field requires the use of hydraulic fracturing to recover hydrocarbon through the very tight shale formation, which has been frequently associated with environmental contamination issue of water, soil, and atmosphere. Therefore, environmental issues and their solution to minimize environmental impact should be considered for successful development of shale play in a future.

Keywords shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, environmental issues, contamination pathway

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Econ. Environ. Geol. 2013; 46(1): 63-69

Published online February 28, 2013

Copyright © THE KOREAN SOCIETY OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY.

Environmental Issues for the Hydraulic Fracturing Applied in the Process of the Shale Gas Development

Hyeop-Jo Han1, Kyoung-Woong Kim1*, Kyung-Won Na2, Hee-Won Park3, Jin-Soo Lee4 and Yon-Sik Shim4

1School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
2Eco Research Group, Inc.
3Energy Holdings Group, Inc.
4Technology Research Center, Mine Reclamation Corporation

Correspondence to:

Kyoung-Woong Kim

kwkim@gist.ac.kr

Received: February 5, 2013; Accepted: February 21, 2013

Abstract

This paper discusses important environmental issues that must be considered during shale gas development. Shale gas has been attracting many attention as the next key energy resource with its large abundance through easily accessible production fields, and its lower carbon dioxide & sulfur dioxide emission profile upon combustion when compared to the conventional oil and natural gas resources. Successful development of a shale gas field requires the use of hydraulic fracturing to recover hydrocarbon through the very tight shale formation, which has been frequently associated with environmental contamination issue of water, soil, and atmosphere. Therefore, environmental issues and their solution to minimize environmental impact should be considered for successful development of shale play in a future.

Keywords shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, environmental issues, contamination pathway

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