Fossil energy in a modern world: Managing impacts on water & climate from domestic energy extraction.
energy extraction, fossil fuels, water resources
Over the past ten years, horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing (HDHF) has transformed the US energy landscape and disrupted global energy markets. This expansion occurred in rural, residential areas in the Northeastern United States (e.g., Pennsylvania and Appalachia) and amidst great uncertainty regarding the impact on local and national water resources. In this talk, I will present an argument for why we can expect fossil energy extraction to remain part of the US energy grid, what impacts on water resources are demonstrated and absent, and how improvements can be made to protect ecological and public health and reduce the contribution of natural gas extraction to global warming.
Plata, Desiree, "Fossil energy in a modern world: Managing impacts on water & climate from domestic energy extraction." (2021). Public Lecture Series. 187.