My Mom and Proof of Reasonable Risk Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing


Often faced with one of her children’s’ tortured explanations, my mother would quip, “well, anything is possible.” In the same breath, she would quickly add, “but is it likely?” With regard to hydraulic fracturing, and the recent, largely unsupported claims associated with seismicity, I would add, “even if it is possible, is the risk significant/”
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Newest Bans Offer Important Insight


One thing the oil and gas industry has a lot of is money.
 
So, if all it took was big money, every proposed fracking ban would be roundly defeated.
 
Yet, in Richmond, CA, an estimated $3 million in outside funding failed to dissuade voters from imposing a proposed ban.
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Shaky Claims: Hydraulic Fracturing Is Causing Earthquakes


The term “fracking”—short for hydraulic fracturing—has become a buzzword throughout the United States. Proponents of the technology celebrate oil and natural gas production as a means of reducing energy prices and stimulating economic growth, while opponents of the well-completion technique voice environmental concerns, among them the fear hydraulic fracturing will usher in a new era of manmade earthquakes.
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Stepping Up to the Challenge: How Local Communities in the Utica Shale Play are Taking Advantage of the Boom


By now, all of us have heard about the far-reaching effect that shale fracking has had on our national energy policy. What is less clear is its impact on the many rural communities around the country that overlie the oil and gas-rich shale. Many of these areas have seen the shale boom as a sort of saving grace: one that promises good jobs and prosperity in regions where high poverty and unemployment have lingered for generations. Conversely, many shale communities are discovering that the shale boom is not without its challenges.
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