Issue Date: April 16, 2012
Methane: A New ‘Fracking’ Fiasco
The U.S. is on a natural gas binge. In a mere half-dozen years, natural gas production and prices have been transformed. Thanks to a new unconventional natural gas technology—hydraulic fracturing—the nation has seen natural gas production go from a trickle to a flood.
So-called fracking is based on improvements to a technology developed decades ago by the Department of Energy. By forcing millions of gallons of water under high pressure into shale and tightly bound . . .
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