Hydraulic Fracturing (a/k/a fracing a/k/a fracking) Roundup

Yesterday our energy partners reported on the EPA's claim of water contamination in Wyoming due to hydraulic fracturing fluids used in natural gas production. Today The New York Times is wondering whether earthquakes can be blamed on fracing. Thus it sounds like a good time to provide you some links to recent studies of the process that you may find of interest. Here goes:

Scientific American has the truth about "fracking" and thinks that engineering science has gotten ahead of safety

The comment period for New York's Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement just ended and some public health advocates don't like it

Two miles underground amidst the shale and gas, where the pressures and temperatures are extreme lives a fascinating community

And some of its members traveled there via drilling muds

Finally, some public health advocates and journals tend to overlook one important aspect of the energy business - that it provides lots of high paying jobs and benefits from free laundry service to transportation to health care and often excellent pension benefits; not to mention an interesting and disciplined work environment - a big boost to socioeconomic status which bestows dramatic economic, physical and even mental health benefits that echo through succeeding generations. So let's not forget when balancing risks and benefits of fracing to add the profound public health benefits that flow from good jobs to the benefit side of the ledger.

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