This post is dedicated to a dear friend, Chris Acker.
With proven natural gas reserves constantly growing and prices on a steady decline, talk about natural gas as a major player in our future has never been more pervasive. A lot of this gas is hard to access, but we’re able to get to so much of it because of a process known as induced hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Put simply, fracking consists of forcing highly pressurized fluid underground to fracture impervious rock layers blocking access to gas or oil reserves. Proponents of fracking treat it as a miraculous and largely benign technology that has the potential to deliver us to a clean and energy independent future. Opponents refer to it as a culprit in contaminated drinking water, polluted air and decimated landscapes.
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