Extensive review of shale gas environmental impacts from scientific literature (2010–2015)

Daniele Costa, João Jesus, David Branco, Anthony Danko, António Fiúza

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Extensive reviews and meta-analyses are essential to summarize emerging developments in a specific field and offering information on the current trends in the scientific literature. Shale gas exploration and exploitation has been extensively debated in literature, but a comprehensive review of recent studies on the environmental impacts has yet to be carried out. Therefore, the goal of this article is to systematically examine scientific articles published between 2010 and 2015 and identify recent advances and existing data gaps. The examined articles were classified into six main categories (water resources, atmospheric emissions, land use, induced seismicity, occupational and public health and safety, and other impacts). These categories are analyzed separately to identify specific challenges, possibly existing consensus and data gaps yet remained in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14579-14594
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Environmental impacts
  • Fracking
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Literature review
  • Shale gas


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