Hydraulic Fracking - Process, Environmental Risk and Policy
Partner Earl L. Hagström addressed members of the Professional Environmental Marketing Association on the process and the environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracking. Key environmental issues included in his presentation were:
- water supply since each fracking well could require millions of gallons of source water,
- water quality due to the need to dispose of large amounts of hydraulic fracturing wastewaters and concerns over potential contamination of drinking water supplies, and
- traffic and related air quality issues associated with increased truck traffic for well operations.
Other environmental concerns associated with hydraulic fracking operations that were discussed included potential hazardous materials impact to biological species, geology/soils, hydrology/water quality, noise and light/glare.