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Fracking – Who and What to Believe?

FrackingIs 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. 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.

Drill, Baby, Drill is a landmark report addresses not the hazards, but the geological and economic limits of the purported resources. It was written by J. David Hughes, who is a geoscientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades

There is much to research and discover on the topic of fracking, The challenge comes in weighing the risks and benefits. This is where an information professional or professional research librarian can provide analysis and potential opportunities for clients.


  1. Gasland has been thoroughly debunked as propaganda.

    While there are legitimate concerns about properly regulating the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (managing water withdrawals, ensuring that waste is properly disposed of, etc.) Gasland is basically a 21st century version of “Reefer Madness” — something that no responsible adult should use as an information source.

    • Thanks, Mike. I did try to represent both sides and appreciate your comment. That is why I end my post with the fact that info pros and research librarians can provide research and analysis to inform us of the best, vetted resources.

  2. I like your website and your articles. It’s nice to see other like minded people who love to gain knowledge and research like I do.

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