AEI Event: Hydraulic Fracturing: Beneficent Breakthrough or Environmental Endangerment?

This is happening on Wednesday (25th) from 1-3pm. They typically have a video feed online, so check back on Wednesday. Hopefully, they will get into something of substance instead of just an "is-not & is-too" argument. The panel looks tilted in one direction. What do you think?


Event Link



RONALD BAILEY, Reason Magazine
MARK BROWNSTEIN, Environmental Defense Fund
TIMOTHY J. CONSIDINE, University of Wyoming
AMY MALL, Natural Resources Defense Council


About the event.


An old technique to tap a veritable sea of natural gas has ignited new controversy in the news, at regulatory agencies, and in the courts. Hydraulic fracturing, applied in a novel way to shale and other dense mineral formations, has unlocked natural-gas potential in the United States and other parts of the world that have historically been considered poor prospects for producing their own fossil fuels. But concerns have arisen that hydraulic fracturing could contaminate groundwater and pollute the air, and environmental groups worry that the chemicals used in "fracking" could lead to greater exposure to toxic substances. AEI is pleased to host a panel discussion to weigh the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, a technology that--depending on which side of the debate you fall on--is either our saving energy grace or a troubling new threat to environmental quality.



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Comment by Skip Peel - Independent Landman on May 23, 2011 at 10:56am
Any debate, discussion or opinion piece that does not recognize and clearly state that the issues of "fracking" and the contamination of ground water are only indirectly associated as they relate to surface casing is not worth the time to observe or review.  The national debate is not being clearly defined and is therefor confusing the average citizen.  Surface pollution and migration of hydrocarbons into fresh water aquifers are issues to be concerned about and that the industry should address but 99.9% of those issues have no correlation in any way to fracing.  Those who oppose the production and use of hydrocarbons are attempting to tie fracing to all the perceived ills of oil and gas exploration and production in general.  To do so is irresponsible and disingenuous.

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