25 Nov '11, 8pm
EPA To Regulate Fracking
As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts including The Natural Gas Fracking Debate: What Is Fracking and Why Does It Matter? Part II , the potential benefits of natural gas fracking are at risk of being overshadowed by the various hazards that the fracking process may introduce to public health/safety and the environment. These hazards include the disposal of fracking fluids, the migration of fracking fluids and/or natural gas into water supplies, and the leaking of greenhouse gases. The exact threat each of these poses to the public and/or the environment has yet to be quantitatively proven. However, it is clear that the future of fracking greatly depends on the gas industry’s ability to work with regulators and the public to create and execute policies and procedures that make public health and environmental protection top priorities. Until now, the federal Environmenta...