Is Fracking The Next MTBE (Or Worse)?

Law360, New York (September 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT) -- As the nation turns toward natural gas as an alternative energy source, federal and state regulators are taking an ever-increasing hard look at extraction procedures, especially hydraulic fracturing – or fracking — operations.

As part of this hard look, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now critically evaluating the relationship between groundwater impairment and the underground injection activities performed during hydraulic fracturing. The debate over the validity and extent of this relationship has, to date, largely pitted industry-financed opinion against the perceptions and alleged experiences of...
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