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Health Newsletter: Managing Air Quality Issues Associated With Hydraulic Fracturing


December 1, 2011

Exponent is pleased to present the latest edition of Health News, with the title article, "Managing Air Quality Issues Associated With Hydraulic Fracturing."

The use of hydraulic fracturing, also referred to as “fracking” or “fracing,” by the oil and natural gas industries to extract oil and natural gas has been expanding in recent years. The process involves injecting a mixture of sand, water, and various chemicals under extremely high pressure deep into shale deposits or other rock formations. This process facilitates the fracturing of these rock formations, which allows the release of oil or natural gas. Emissions of air toxics, some of which are classified as hazardous air pollutants (HAP), as well as volatile organic compounds (VOC) and methane, may occur as a result of this process. 

Download the latest issue of Health News (PDF) to read more about issues, technical approaches, and Exponent's expertise regarding fracking.