Hydraulic Fracturing History

This is a guest post by Faith Munsell, 

Meeting the energy needs of our planet’s seven billion people while protecting the environment at the same time is a balancing act.

Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking,” or “fracing”) was somewhat uncommon until 2003, when energy companies broadened natural gas exploration to shale formations in West Virginia, Texas, Utah, Maryland, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania.

The Environmental Protection Agency ruled in 2004 that hydraulic fracturing was not threatening to water supplies, and not long after, the Bush administration excluded the practice from the Safe Water Drinking Act. Continue reading