In the nonrenewable energy department, shale gas is just so hot right now. But a study published this week argues that the process by which it's extracted is quite harmful to the environment and full of unknowns. Extensive research hasn’t been done yet to determine the extent of fracking's ecological damage, both potential and otherwise, and energy companies keeping their shale gas-related chemical lists and spills a secret isn’t helping. Despite the secrecy, scientists can already tell the whole process is pretty bad and needs major overhaul, along with additional research.
The report, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and authored by eight conservation biologists from various organizations and universities including Canada’s Simon Frasier University and Princeton, argues that the shale gas development process needs way more oversight and research.