This question should be important to each person. We make a lot of assumptions about what comes from the faucets in our homes. For many, it is only the availability of water when needed that is important.
Although I have not yet completed the four part video series on “Hydraulic Fracturing: Beyond Name Calling to Real Environmental Protection” created by the U.S. Water Alliance, I am recommending that you take the time to watch each of the four segments. They may help fill in the gap on details that feed our unsubstantiated assumptions about the impact of shale gas drilling and “fracking” on present and future, underground sources of drinking water or may reveal an entirely new insight into our planet’s most precious commodity. The series is available “on demand”. It will be necessary to register, but only to begin watching any segment – not each time a segment is viewed.
The purpose of the series:
“Shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing issues and opportunities are often politically-charged, emotion-filled debates. There’s a need to share more facts, identify data gaps and policy choices, and discuss practical steps to reduce risks. This series will bring together experts in water, energy, and conservation to explore the most important issues and disclose the most successful steps to prevent problems through each stage of the process, from locating an operation to site closure and restoration.”