Tuesday, May 10, 2011

UT to Study Impact of Fracking

The Energy Institute at the University of Texas announced yesterday that it will be conducting a comprehensive scientific study of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, specifically looking at alleged impacts to groundwater and connections to seismic events, among other things.

While I welcome the additional research on the subject, I feel like I already know the outcome.  Not the outcome of the study, but the skepticism with which the results will be greeted. Because the issue of fracking has become so politicized and emotional, it seems beyond reasonable discussion now.  Whatever the results, those on the other side will immediately claim bias and try to discredit the study.

I hate to be so cynical, but it seems that the battle over fracking will be years of bloody trench warfare.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are unfortunately right about that.

It would be nice if we could have an intelligent discussion on this issue.

All energy sources have a cost but those cost need to be known.

I believe Fracking can be done safely. I suspect some bad apples are spoiling the whole bunch.