post

The Truth About Fracking?

Reason.tv has this excellent video overview of the debate over hydraulic fracturing from Ronald Bailey, a 2010 Julian Simon Fellow at PERC. Here’s some background from Reason:

Fracking has been around for more than 60 years and over 100,000 gas wells are dug per year, most of them in sparsely populated areas in the western U.S. With the discovery of the Marcellus Shale in the eastern part of the country, fracking is increasingly common in populated parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, leading to heightened tensions between drillers and environmentalists. Indeed, the attorney general of New York has called for a moratorium on the practice in the Empire State.

Is fracking safe? And what are the potential benefits that will be forfeited if the practice is ended? Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with science correspondent Ronald Bailey to learn the truth about fracking. Bailey reports that the cases of contaminated water supplies were the result of poorly designed wells that had nothing to do with fracking itself. As important, he notes that the gas generated by fracking would not only massively increase American energy supply, it would do so with a relatively clean and cheap fuel.

Comments

  1. Vincent G says:

    Reason TV? This should be called insane TV. So let me get this right. Your expert says the technology is safe but uses benzene and formaldehyde. So let me get this right: It’s safe but it uses chemicals that are banned and highly regulated. unbelievably carcinogenic (benzene) and another chemical that the embalming industry is trying to get rid of because it pollutes groundwater (formaldehyde). You guys are a joke! You guys are obviously bought and paid for by the industry you have become apologist for. How can you sleep at night. Hope it’s worth whatever you’re trading for a few grubby dollars.

    • I live in an area where they frack – it’s all around me. We’re had our ground water tested monthly when it first started and they have NEVER found anything in the water or soil above where they Fracked…..

      What I don’t like is that they use waste water wells to get rid of the water instead of reclaiming it. It takes a lot of water, more than we have right now to waste.

  2. Frank Apostol says:

    To Whom it May Concern:

    What I have read here from Reason.TV as well as that which I just read from the Casey people, is not really worth reading unless one enjoys wading through Maciavellian garbage. It is an insult.

  3. I THOUGHT THIS VIDEO WAS EXCELLENT!!!! I HAVE GAS WELLS ALL AROUND ME
    AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO BIG PROBLEMS. SOME PEOPLE CAN’T LISTEN TO THE TRUTH. THEY RATHER CHURN OUT HALF TRUTHS AND SCARE EVERYONE.
    S SMITH