The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Will Fracking Eliminate Our Dependency on Coal?
Overview: The Costs and Benefits of Fracking John Wihbey 18
Yes: Fracking Is a Viable Substitute for Coal
Fracking Is an Important Part of Our Energy Future Max Luke Ted Nordhaus Michael Shellenberger Alex Trembath 25
Fracking Is Helpful in the Short Term Alison Singer 33
Coal Seam Gas Can Provide Australia With Clean Energy Dennis Cooke 37
No: Fracking Is a Poor Substitute for Coal Energy
Fracking Does Little to Negate Climate Change Christine Ottery 42
Natural Gas Will Not Solve the World's Energy Problems Gail Tverberg 48
The Energy Industry Downplays the Many Dangers of Fracking Reynard Loki 60
Chapter 2 Is Fracking Better Better for the Environment?
Overview: What Is Fracking's Effect on the Environment? Steve Rushton 71
Yes: Fracking Produces Far Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Methane Leaks From Fracking Is a Technical Problem We Can Solve Roger Real Drouin 83
Study Shows Methane Emission from Fracking Is Low Steve Everley 89
Sierra Club Credits Natural gas for Reducing Carbon Emissions Seth Whitehead 94
No: Fracking-Related Methane Leaks Could Push Climate Change over the "Tipping Point"
People Near Fracking Sites see increased risk of Health Problem: National Resource Defense Council 98
Fracking $$$ Jesse Coleman 102
Fracking Will Not Reduce Net Greenhouse Gas Emission Alex Kirby 105
Chapter 3 Does Fracking Endanger Our Water Supply?
Overview: There Is Conflict About Fracking's Impact on the Water Supply?: Greenpeace 109
Yes: Fracking Is Very Dangerous to Drinking Water Supplies
Fracking Waste Contaminates Groundwater Gayathri Vaidyanathan 117
EPA Study Identifies Risk of Water Contamination from Fracking Elizabeth Shogren 124
$$$ Scott Tong 128
No: Drinking Water Isn't Anywhere Near Oil and Gas Deposits in the Ground
Fracking Fluids Do Not Migrate into Drinking Water Katie Brown 132
Fracking Does Not Contaminate Aquifers Brian D. Drollette Desiree L. Plata 136
Chapter 4 Will Fracking Lead to Natural Disasters?
Overview: Fracking Is a Boon for Energy Production but May Damage the Environment Leighton Walter Kille 142
Yes: It Is Unwise to Proceed with Fracking Before Its Consequences Are Understood
Oil and Gas Industry Activity Causes Earthquakes Kelly Connelly David Barer Yana Skorobogatov 151
Fracking Causes Earthquakes Matthew Hornbach 158
No: Earthquakes Are Complex Natural Phenomena
There Is Little Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking to Earthquakes Marita Noon 162
Experts Say Fracking Not the Cause of Oklahoma Earthquakes Seth Whitehead 167
Organizations to Contact 174