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Unconventional Oil & Natural Gas
Unconventional oil and natural gas development (sometimes referred to as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking") is a driving force behind significant economic and energy policy shifts in the United States and the world today. Technological advances in development are substantially increasing energy supplies, while at the same time outpacing the scientific research that can answer questions about the development’s potential effects. With funding from private foundations, HEI has developed an impartial, multidisciplinary Strategic Research Agenda to help guide future research about potential adverse impacts. At this time, HEI is developing an implementation plan to address the most pressing research questions.