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AssessingOpportunities and Barriers to Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Natural GasDevelopment in Utah’s Uintah Basin
USU-ISSRNR Research Report
  • B. Gentry
  • Douglas B. Jackson-Smith, Utah State University
  • L. Belton
  • G. Theodori
Document Type
Presentation
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Abstract
Development of natural gas resources in the United States has increased dramatically over the past two decades, a boom driven by favorable prices, new technological developments, and growing interest in domestic sources of energy with a smaller carbon footprint than coal or oil. Most of the expansion in U.S. natural gas production has been from so-called ‘unconventional’ reserves in which extensive natural gas resources trapped in continuous sandstone and shale formations can now be extracted using modern directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies. The Uintah Basin in northeastern Utah has been one of several areas in the U.S. where major tight sands and shale gas plays have been the focus of recent natural gas exploration and development.
Citation Information
Gentry, B., D. Jackson-Smith, L. Belton, and G. Theodori. 2011. Assessing Opportunities and Barriers to Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Natural Gas Development in Utah’s Uintah Basin. USU-ISSRNR Research Report.