Fracking

Fracking seems like such a promising idea; rather than drilling for oil, to which we don’t have great access, let’s tap into the natural gas right underneath my house! But as a recent Nature news article demonstrates, and as environmental groups have been saying for years, it comes with some costs. A recent paper in New Solutions (referenced in the Nature article) presents correlative evidence demonstrating that gas drilling and increased livestock mortality rates may be linked. Additionally, when there were earthquakes across the midwestern US, it was suggested that fracking may have been a causal factor. Of course, it’s important to gather data before coming to any conclusions, which is why I look forward to hearing about the results from the EPA’s pre- and post-fracking study (mentioned in the Nature article).

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