15 Apr '12, 5pm

A (Long) History of Federal Investment in Fracking Technology

A (Long) History of Federal Investment in Fracking Technology

With the battle over new federal natural gas drilling regulations heating up, now is a good time to recall the pivotal role that federal dollars have played in developing the drilling method called fracking . Short for hydraulic fracturing , the practice has been linked in recent years to significant public health and environmental problems including air pollution, water contamination and even earthquakes , yet it has been largely exempt from regulation on a national level. Fracking and federal funds Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus of The Breakthrough Institute make a detailed case for the role of federal funds in fracking technology , in a recent article at American.com, the online magazine of the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. They acknowledge that fracking, which involves shooting liquid into rock at high pressure, was pioneered by the pri...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/15/a-long-history-of-fed...

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