Report calls for more intensive research on fracking

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Scientists are calling for more research on hydraulic fracturing to study its environmental impact as the use of it as a means to obtain natural gas continue to grow.

That's according to a report released Monday in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, written by a team of eight conservation biologists.

The biologists include researches from Colorado State University, the University of Bucharest in Romania, the University of Washington, Princeton University and the Society for Conservation Biology.

The biologists in the report, titled "Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps," said researching hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," must be a "top research priority."

Fracking, the process of releasing natural gas from shale by breaking the rock up with a high-pressure blend of water, sand and other chemicals, is being done more and more in Colorado.

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