Paper: Disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing poses dangers to drivers
Yilan Xu
A new paper co-written by Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, shows that the growing traffic burden in shale energy boomtowns from trucks hauling wastewater to disposal sites poses traffic hazards.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Champaign, Ill. – Environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing – aka “fracking,” the process by which oil and gas are extracted from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water and chemicals – are well documented, but according to a paper co-written by a University of Illinois environmental economics expert, the technique also poses a serious safety risk to local traffic.

New research from Yilan Xu (“E-Lan SHE”), a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, shows that the growing traffic burden in fracking boomtowns from trucks hauling wastewater to disposal sites resulted in a surge of road fatalities and severe accidents.

Read more from the Illinois News Bureau.