Fracking Under Pressure

TitleFracking Under Pressure
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Skipper, RB
Date Published12/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractInduced hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas is becoming an important issue in more and more areas of the U.S. Supporters cite national desires to make the country more energy independent and to motivate efforts to liberate stores of natural gas. Mineral rights holders and communities near gas fields see economic benefits of fracking. Fracking comes with costs to the environment and societal costs that are unclear and have not been weighed against the potential benefits. Attention to fracking has also raised questions about some features of regulation of the oil and gas industry.
NotesCase from the 2015 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition © Peggy Connolly, Ruth Ann Althaus, Robert Boyd Skipper 2014