To Frack or Not To Frack?

Photo by Nigel Williams. Some rights reserved.

Hydraulic fracturing has received a lot of press since we originally reported on it (here and here), but probably nothing compared to the debate going forward.

On Sunday, April 10th, The Hill’s E2-Wire released a pre-publication version of a study from Cornell University concluding that natural gas obtained via “fracking” could be even worse for global warming than coal.

This downside is, of course, in addition to concerns about drinking water contamination in the areas surrounding hydraulic fracturing activities. The EPA is still preparing to undertake a study to “understand the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources.”

On Tuesday, April 11th, however, law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf published a client alert implying that hydraulic fracturing’s time has “finally come.” The alert suggested that heightened fears of nuclear fallout as a result of the crisis in Japan could mean a boost for “safer” sources of energy, and that the natural gas industry is “poised to benefit.”

Disagree? Perhaps you’ll be inspired to stand up to fracking, super-hero style.

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