Experts are still split on to what extent fracking can be directly connected to the increasing number of earthquakes in Oklahoma and elsewhere, but now litigants can at least debate it in open court, giving fracking's opponents a new legal weapon to use in their fight.
America has a choice to make. We can stand by and watch energy companies industrialize our beloved landscapes. Or we can create smart safeguards that hold companies accountable for pollution and put sensitive places off limits.
In Kabbalah, the very symbol of blessing and of divine wisdom, of emergence and life, of Chesed (or "lovingkindness"), is water. If we take these ideas seriously, then the water that stays in the fracked rock is deprived of fulfilling its deepest purpose.
Touted at first as being clean and efficient, it was supposed to become a legitimate replacement for energy-producing substances like coal and oil. It was the solution America needed to foreign oil imports.
Illinois' environmental groups conceded it was better to push for regulations than to go for an outright statewide ban of fracking. Will permits and disclosure of chemicals be enough to make fracking safe in Illinois?
Who bankrolled it and are the screenings and is the tour really a grassroots endeavor? It might seem that way based on its marketing, but as Jean de La Fontaine once said, "Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance."
If each state adopts its own unique set of shale gas regulations, a regulatory race to the bottom is possible. However, if the federal government adopts rigid regulations, America's shale gas boom may prove to be more environmentally friendly.
People across America are talking about the effect hydraulic fracturing (often called "fracking") is having on our food, water and health. But even if you don't have time to read all the reports and articles, you are probably curious about fracking, and why people are concerned.
The Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) censored a smoking gun scientific report in March that would have explicitly linked methane migration in groundwater to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in Texas.
New York's four-year effort to assess the safety of the controversial gas drilling practice known as fracking is broken. To fix it, the state must either declare a ban on fracking, or extend the moratorium now in place while it addresses the fundamental flaws.
Fracking, like any truly controversial topic, has developed the tendency to repel stable facts with magnetic force. Finding reputable information is not easy. There is one thing that's agreed upon, however: Fracking is a 100 percent consumptive use.