Fracking Under Pressure: The Environmental and Social Impacts and Risks of Shale Gas Development

Sustainalytics examines the potential risks faced by companies that continue to test environmental boundaries in oil and gas development in the report Fracking Under Pressure: The Environmental and Social Impacts and Risks of Shale Gas Development.

Informed by analysis from the report Sustainalytics' Senior Analyst Dayna Linley presented an online webinar discussing the important role responsible investors play in decreasing impacts and mitigating risks associated with natural gas development. While pushing for best practices, responsible investors should also push for investment in renewable, sustainable forms of energy and for regulatory environments that incentivize such investment. They can use their leverage, through engagement and other means, to encourage the adoption and ongoing development of best practices, and encourage innovation among their holdings. Dayna was joined by Elizabeth McGeveran, Senior Vice President, Governance & Sustainable Investment at F&C Management who brought the investor's perspective to the discussion.

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Shale gas well pads (source: Statoil)

This illustration shows an example of a shale gas development with several well pad sites. Each well pad has six producing wells. Multiple horizontal wells per pad limit footprint and impact on the surface (source: Statoil).

Screen shot of a homeowner lighting their tap water on fire, from the film Gasland. Source imdb.com.