At least 685 papers relevant to unconventional gas impacts have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. At the end of 2015, over 80% of the peer reviewed scientific literature on shale and tight gas development has been published since January 1, 2013 and over 60% since January 1, 2014.
At least 226 have been published in 2015 alone.
Dr Jake Hays and Seth Shonkoff say “This suggests an emerging understanding of the environmental and public health implications of UNGD in the scientific community”.
Figure 1 shows the number of publications that assess the impacts of unconventional gas development per year, 2009 – 2015. The number has continually risen.
Citation: Hays J, Shonkoff SBC (2016) Toward an Understanding of the Environmental and Public Health impacts of unconventional natural gas development : A categorical assessment of the Peer-reviewed Scientific Literature, 2009 – 2015. PLOS ONE 11(4): e0154164. doi: 10.1371/journal pone. 0154164