Mark C. Thurber is the Associate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. He discusses the the differing opinions about natural gas among the environmental community, as well as the resource’s complex environmental implications.
The nature of natural gas extraction presents seismic risks. Mark Zoback gives a 5 step plan to manage and reduce the seismic risk associated with wastewater disposal from natural gas drilling.
Andre Peterhans, Manager of Strategic Planning at Chevron, delves into some of the regulatory implications for natural gas production in the future.
The extraction of natural gas requires vast amounts of water, and the water becomes heavily polluted afterwards. Paul Vidal de La Blache shows how natural gas production affects our water supply.
The rate of natural gas production from a specific well depends on numerous factors. Stanford student Kurt Wilson discusses the case of the Barnett Shale well, as well as some environmental consequences of fracking.
Stanford student Luis Rodriguez provides a look into the high-stress, action-packed life of the frac crew, the team behind the extraction process of natural gas fracking.
Much like there are different grades of crude oil, there are different grades of natural gas. Stanford Ph.D. student Da Huo discusses the phenomenon of “sour gas”, natural gas mixed with impurities that are difficult to remove.
Due to both economic and environmental consequences of natural gas production and consumption, many are calling for the industry to be more heavily regulated.