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Listen to the free podcast, "An Unfractured Look at Hydraulic Fracturing," which provides a fantastic summary of what's happening right now across the various federal agencies responsible for the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. Hear three top speakers in the field, Rob Kirsch, Jeanne Briskin, and Richard McNeer, as they provide a background on the EPA's multiyear study on the impact of fracturing on drinking water resources, as well as discuss the uptick in petitions and lawsuits seeking to further encourage fracturing regulations. This is part of ALI CLE's new, free podcast series, Off the Record, which is available on iTunes



Gas Drilling: The Story So Far

ProPublica, June 26, 2010, 8:42 a.m.

The country's push to find clean domestic energy has zeroed in on natural gas, but cases of water contamination [1] have raised serious questions about the primary drilling method being used.

Vast deposits of natural gas, large enough to supply the country for decades, have brought a drilling boom stretching across 31 states. The drilling technique being used, called hydraulic fracturing [2], shoots water, sand and toxic chemicals into the ground to break up rock and release the gas. The Environmental Protection Agency has declared the process to be safe [1], but water contamination has been reported in more than a thousand places where drilling is happening. Gas companies, exempt from federal laws protecting water supplies, may conceal the identities of their chemicals as trade secrets, making it difficult to determine [3] the cause of contamination.

The EPA is now conducting a deeper study [4] of the drilling, New York state has blocked drilling [5] in New York City2019s watershed, and lawmakers are pushing for closer oversight of the industry. The industry -- in the form of millions of dollars spent on lobbying, a slew of court cases, and a robust public relations campaign -- is pushing back [6].


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