To Frack or Not to Frack

A key ruling on whether and/or how to allow the High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) method of extracting natural gas is imminent in New York State. The decision could set a nationwide precedent.

In an op-ed piece for the American Society of Landscape Architects' blog The Dirt, Bryan Quinn weighs in on the environmental impacts of a practice that has the potential to pump billions of dollars into New York's economy.

"Such a large and accessible energy resource is undoubtedly welcome news to our energy hungry nation. But many are questioning if this boom (and likely future bust) is worth the costs to our state's environment as we watch the poisoned wells, toxic spills, stress to the rural transportation system, and minor earthquakes the practice has produced elsewhere."

Full Story: To Frack or Not to Frack?


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