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Shale-Gas Plans Threaten China's Water Resources

Letter to Science

Shale-Gas Plans Threaten China's Water Resources

The 14th June edition of Science included a letter from Drs Hong Yang (University of Southampton, UCL PhD, 2009), Roger Flower and Julian Thompson (Environmental Change Research Centre/Wetland Research Unit, UCL Department of Geography) on the dangers of fracking for water quality & quantity in China.

The impact of shale-gas development on American water quality has received wide attention, but the potential impacts of China's accelerating shalegas exploration on the nation's water crisis have been largely ignored.

While exploitation of China's shale-gas reserves offers opportunities to satisfy the nation's energy needs and reduce carbon emissions, it will also compete for limited water resources with agriculture, industry and the domestic sector. Careful management and legislation will be required to avoid shortages and pollution of already stretched water resources.

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Hong Yang, Roger Flower and Julian Thompson


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