Can Hydraulic Fracturing Be Done Safely?
Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is a controversial way of accessing natural gas that is trapped in rock, deep underground. It is controversial because there have been reports of a variety of environmental problems associated with the technique: consumption and contamination of very large quantities of water, release of that toxic water into the environment, contamination of aquifers and the release of large quantities of methane (which could make its impact on climate change greater than any other fossil fuel).
The government of France has deemed it too dangerous and has banned fracking. However, here in North America, it is moving ahead with little to no regulation protecting our air, water and soil.
So. Is fracking a safe source of inexpensive energy to be exploited, an environmental hazard to be avoided or a combination of both? To get different points of view, please follow the link below to a forum created by the website Yale Environment 360. The participants of the forum are asked whether they believe fracking can be done safely, and whether there is a need for further regulation of the practice.