Unconventional natural gas developments: economic salvation or looming public health disaster?

McCarron, Geralyn P. and King, David (2014) Unconventional natural gas developments: economic salvation or looming public health disaster?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38 2: 108-109. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12196


Author McCarron, Geralyn P.
King, David
Title Unconventional natural gas developments: economic salvation or looming public health disaster?
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Publication date 2014-04
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12196
Open Access Status
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 108
End page 109
Total pages 2
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The unconventional fossil fuel extraction industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. Unlike natural gas extraction from conventional reservoirs, unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) requires that rock in the source formation must be ‘stimulated’ in order to release the targeted methane. This may involve hydraulic fracturing, depressurising the coal seam aquifer or burning coal underground.

With the alluring promise of economic salvation, job creation and clean energy, coal seam gas (CSG) has been strongly promoted by State and Federal governments. A network of wells, high pressure gas pipelines, processing plants, compressor stations, pumping stations, flow back ponds, vents and flares have already been permitted in agricultural areas and close to family homes.

However, the extraction of unconventional gas may have adverse impacts on the environment and consequently on human health. Emerging evidence from Australia and overseas indicates that when fugitive emissions are taken into account, UNGD may be no cleaner than coal...
Keyword Public health
Unconventional gas
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Discipline of General Practice Publications
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