Scientific Case Against Fracking Getting Stronger


The dangers of fracking are part of what prompted me to write From Thine Own Well. Interestingly, the results of research and studies since writing it are increasingly proving my concerns to be accurate.

How things have changed. Nowadays, explains Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea on the latest installment of the Inquiring Minds podcast (stream above), the scientific argument against fracking and unconventional gas drilling is more extensive. It involves not simply groundwater contamination, but also at least two other major problems: earthquake generation and the accidental emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

This quote, taken from an article by Chris Mooney published in Grist magazine August 15, 2014, sums up the latest scientific thoughts around fracking.

To read the full article and learn more about what Professor Ingraffea has to say, go to Grist magazine

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