In Case You Missed It: USA Today: Editorial: Keep on Fracking

In Case You Missed It: USA Today: Editorial: Keep on Fracking

USA Today | April 19, 2016

The campaign trail is unfriendly to nuance, and the argument over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a prime example of a complex issue that gets oversimplified.

Voters deserve a more thoughtful answer. Fracking has gone from an exotic drilling technique to a commonplace procedure that has spurred a remarkable U.S. energy boom and now produces about half of all U.S. oil and gas. This boom has created jobs, boosted domestic manufacturing and brought the USA closer to energy independence.

The idea that fracking is too dangerous ignores science and the experience of tens of thousands of fracked wells. A landmark Environmental Protection Agency study last year found some cases of groundwater contamination from fracking, but no evidence of widespread problems — proof that fracking can be done safely.

Aggressive regulation and research of drilling practices and quality-of-life issues can ensure that fracking’s benefits outweigh the costs.

To read this editorial in its entirety, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/04/18/fracking-natural-gas-hydraulic-fracturing-shale-our-view-editorials-debates/83199964/

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