Industrial Unsustainability
Aparna Nayak*
University of Idaho, Boise, ID, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/gep.2015.34003   PDF   HTML   XML   3,080 Downloads   3,789 Views  


The development of unconventional gas exploration in the USA, in particular shale gas, caused a revolution in the American and the global gas markets. The regional-wide use of unconventional gas resources could stabilize the natural gas demand and the energy supply security of European and Asian countries. But traditionally, almost all gas contracts in Europe and Asia are linked to oil because of the demand for stable, long-term contracts. Furthermore, in many Asian countries, large state-owned enterprises dominate their national gas markets, leading to little competition and incentives to reduce gas prices. In Europe, the expansion of unconventional gas is facing grassroots opposition from environmental groups who are concerned about ground water safety, adequate waste water management, seismic events and greenhouse gas emissions. In this article, I will discuss the rapidly changing natural gas markets and the role and prospects of unconventional gas as well as its environmental impacts and unsustainability in industry level.

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Nayak, A. (2015) Industrial Unsustainability. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 3, 16-23. doi: 10.4236/gep.2015.34003.

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