Is Fracking Safe?

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a drilling technique that allows the extraction of previously inaccessible natural gas from shale formations. The United States has experienced a fracking boom in the last decade. In February of 2016, the United States was producing 92 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, much of it from fracking wells.1 The new technology has the potential to allow the United States to become a net energy exporter within a few years.2 Although fracking shows economic potential, new evidence indicates people living near fracking wells may suffer long-term health effects.

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