Creston wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 13:40: Steven Chu (Secretary of Energy in the U.S.) had a task force assigned to research fracking and their conclusion was that it posed a serious risk and ecological hazard. Even safer usage of fracking was in question because of the higher cost and lack of oversight for companies who would be doing it, meaning they would use less safe methods to make more money from the process. Duke University, an actual independent group, released a paper that documented serious methane contamination in drinking water in gas-drilling areas for example.
I don't know shit about fracking and don't care to but a friend of my girlfriend is an energy consultant and he makes a fortune pitching fracking sites to municipalities and property owners on behalf of a few large players in the US, he's one of hundreds or thousands doing so apparently. All I know is we were having dinner a few weeks ago and my girlfriend asked him how safe it was and he said he wouldn't live near a fracking site so I'm pretty much convinced it's A) nowhere near as safe as the companies claim and B_ that this guy is a shit head.