Is fracking (hydraulic fracturing) an environmental time bomb or a harmless way to extract natural gas and petroleum from dense deposits of shale? Industry websites, as to be expected, play down the environmental risks. Find out more: The Natural Gas Supply Association has extensive information on NSGA filings and testimony, analysis and studies about natural gas, and an extensive list of gas industry, government, media and top gas producer links. America’s Natural Gas Alliance represents North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies. NaturalGas.org bills itself as “an educational website covering a variety of topics related to the natural gas industry. The purpose of this website is to provide visitors with a comprehensive information source for topics related to natural gas, and present an unbiased learning tool for students, teachers, industry, media, and government.” The environmental perspective is represented by:
- Food & Water Watch which has a portion of its site devoted to fracking. Of particular interest to me was looking at “Is Your Town on the Map?” to see if my town and state (California) is allowing . California has a bill pending in the Assembly. The northeastern part of the U.S. looks to have the most action with bills passed or pending.
- GasLand , an HBO movie, brought to the forefront the risks associated with fracking. This site also has a world map showing “shale plays” or deposits of natural gas and petroleum in trapped in dense deposits of shale, a type of sedimentary rock.