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Permitting program with best management practices for shale gas wells to safeguard public health

Centner, Terence J.; Petetin, Ludivine


Terence J. Centner

Ludivine Petetin


The development of shale gas resources in the United States has been controversial as governments have been tardy in devising sufficient safeguards to protect both people and the environment. Alleged health and environmental damages suggest that other countries around the world that decide to develop their shale gas resources can learn from these problems and take further actions to prevent situations resulting in the release of harmful pollutants. Looking at U.S. federal regulations governing large animal operations under the permitting provisions of the Clean Water Act, the idea of a permitting program is proposed to respond to the risks of pollution by shale gas development activities. Governments can require permits before allowing the drilling of a new gas well. Each permit would include fluids and air emissions reduction plans containing best management practices to minimize risks and releases of pollutants. The public availability of permits and permit applications, as occurs for water pollution under various U.S. permitting programs, would assist governments in protecting public health. The permitting proposals provide governments a means for providing further assurances that shale gas development projects will not adversely affect people and the environment.


Centner, T. J., & Petetin, L. (2015). Permitting program with best management practices for shale gas wells to safeguard public health. Journal of environmental management, 163(November), 174-183.

Acceptance Date Aug 14, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 28, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Journal of environmental management
Print ISSN 0301-4797
Electronic ISSN 1095-8630
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 163
Issue November
Pages 174-183
Keywords Shale gas; Pollutants; Toxic chemicals; Air emissions; Permitting program
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of environmental management, 2015, v.163, November.
Contract Date Nov 23, 2017


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