A common refrain from activists nationwide trying to ban hydraulic fracturing is that the process is “new,” poorly understood, and in need of “further study” before it should proceed. The reality is that the production of oil and natural gas from deep shale formations and other “tight” reservoirs has been strongly regulated for many years, and the ongoing effort to closely monitor these activities has yielded many studies and reports.To demonstrate just how extensively the subject of “fracking” has been studied, EID has generated a helpful list of reports, analyses, and other studies that have examined everything from seismicity and land use to air emissions and water impacts. Clearly, hydraulic fracturing is not wanting for scholarly attention – and this list isn’t even exhaustive!
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