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Carbon and water footprint of energy resources

We are studying the carbon and water footprints of hydraulically fractured oil and natural gas and comparing them to other fossil and renewable fuels.  The Jackson lab and colleagues published the first studies of drinking water quality and shale gas extraction, and have examined wastewater disposal and naturally occurring radioactive materials.  We also measure hydrocarbon emissions upstream from wellpads and downstream in cities, producing the first publicly available maps of thousands of natural gas leaks across the streets of Boston, Manhattan, and Washington, D.C. 



  • Rob Jackson
  • Eric Lebel
  • Mary Kang
  • Ritobrata Sur
Photo: Rob Jackson, NY Times