New at Reason: Ronald Bailey on the Battle Against Fracking Natural Gas

The United States has vast reserves of natural gas trapped in deep shale formations which can be unlocked by means of hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a., fracking. However, some activists claim fracking pollutes groundwater and harms the environment. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey agrees that gas drilling has caused some damage, but not as a result of fracking. In any case, the benefits of drilling substantially outweigh its costs.

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