WHAT’S WRONG WITH FRACKING? Despite being the catalyst for a 47 percent drop in natural gas prices in the U.S., the controversy behind fracking has become un-ignorable. Energy Digital addresses five main arguments fueling the negativity. Writ ten by: JENNIFER WHITE
WHEN THE CONCEPT of fracking was first introduced in the early 1900s, it seemed like a good idea. From an economic standpoint, the United States has enjoyed a 47 percent drop in natural gas prices; other countries have experienced cost reductions as well. Government officials were happy, business owners were happy and 14
consumers were happy—and then voices were raised to contend it; to stop it. Claims were made that it caused flammable water, which contaminated the soil and drinking water, and a controversy was born. With both sides adamantly demanding that they are right, it begs the question: What’s wrong with fracking?