18 Apr '12, 10pm

All fracked up: Manufacturers, energy companies shift gears

All fracked up: Manufacturers, energy companies shift gears

Last week, Joe Nocera reminded me of how disconnected and angry the debate over fracking -- the process of injecting fluids into deep, dense rock formations to fracture them and release natural gas -- has grown. At The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference , Nocera moderated a series of panels that were focused on a broad variety of energy issues, but repeatedly returned to the hot button issue of fracking. In a rhetorical question, he asked if the tradeoff in environmental harm and public health one we just have to accept. The answer is no, of course. But, as Nocera added, the fact is that fracking is already happening in a very big way. For those not following this issue, he’s an op-ed columnist for the Times who supports fracking as an innovation that, done responsibly, can lead to game-changing new supplies of energy, job growth and economic expansion. Nocera’s...

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