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Explore the Issues Surrounding Fracking

Dec 17, 2014
CATEGORY: Environment

As reported today, New York is officially moving toward a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. (Read news coverage here and here.)

For a deeper dive into the issues surrounding the controversial drilling process, check out these sessions from the Festival.

Fracking: Is There a Fix to the Fight (watch below)
Colorado has led the way with the nation's strongest air pollution standards for oil and gas development, including the first direct regulation of methane. Governor John Hickenlooper and Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, who worked closely on the breakthrough rules in Colorado, lead a discussion of the way forward for shale gas. (At the 2014 Festival.)

Experts gathered at the 2012 Festival (video below) to debate whether or not the natural gas boom is doing more harm than good with its practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom Is Doing More Harm Than Good from Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates on

In favor of fracking, Joe Nocera says natural gas is a tremendous gift that we should take advantage of.

Deborah Goldberg contends that we are operating without the science to back it up and without the protections we need.

Watch the entire Oxford style debate in three rounds.

Also watch: Exploring the Rational Middle: How Do We Stay There in the Natural Gas Debate?
This session, with Chrystia Freeland, Alexis Karolides, Russ Ford, Gregory Kallenberg asks: How can we work together to stay in the rational middle, where fact-based discussions lead to realistic decisions and solutions that can help us realize the promise of natural gas, safely and responsibly?