What is Fracking?

In this introduction, learn what fracking is, why fracking is a solution and where fracking is taking place in America.

Topics & Questions

Economic Impact

Why is fracking for natural gas important?

What is natural gas?

What is the historical significance of fracking?

What’s all this I hear about exporting oil and natural gas?

How does the recent increase in shale development improve U.S. energy security?

How does shale gas help American manufacturing?

What impact does U.S. shale development have on energy prices?

Does shale development help local communities or just out-of-state workers?

How many jobs has the oil and natural gas industry created?


Natural gas is alternative energy

How much natural gas is there?

What are the new fracking rules?

EPA to cut pollution from fracking

What are alternatives to make fracking less impactful?

Which federal laws apply to shale development?

What is being done about “flaring”?

How much methane leaks during shale gas development?

Does shale development have an impact on local air quality?

How has shale gas impacted U.S. carbon emissions?


Why is there such a big fuss over fracking?

Shale Energy – 10 things you should know

Is fracking OK?

What are the claims of anti-fracking activists?

Hydraulic fracking efficiency

What are fracking myths?

What are challenges in fracking?

Land Use

Who regulates and manages wastewater disposal?

What’s the difference between wastewater disposal and “fracking”?

Does hydraulic fracturing cause earthquakes?

What kind of impact does shale development have on the surface?

Public Health

How are workers kept safe on oil and natural gas production sites?

Does fracking cause flaming water faucets?

I’ve heard that hydraulic fracturing is linked to cancer. Is that true?

What are companies doing to make development easier on property owners and communities?

How does shale development impact air quality?

Do the additives used in hydraulic fracturing pose a health risk?

What is the impact of hydraulic fracturing on public health?

Shale Plays

Fayetteville Shale

Utica Shale

Marcellus Shale

Haynesville Shale

Eagle Ford Shale

Barnett Shale

Bakken Shale





North Dakota




Water and Additives

What does EPA say about water contamination?

What are other substitutes for what is in fracking fluid?

Pavillion Report Debunked

What chemicals are used in fracking?

What is in hydraulic fracturing fluids?

How much water does hydraulic fracturing use?

Do federal clean water regulations apply to shale development?

How is groundwater protected during hydraulic fracturing?

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