The author or the publisher appears to have chosen this title because of the recent prominence of hydraulic fracture stimulation (“fracking”). A book published in early 2013 that purports to address the environmental impacts of fracking of unconventional gas resources might be expected to at least summarize the environmental issues and regulations that were of importance by late 2011 when the Marcellus, Barnett and other shale gas plays were under full development. However, this book does not meet that criterion.

For example, you won't find anything here about the controversy that developed in the pages of the Proceedings of the...

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