The potential to poison and entire regions groundwater is at stack. Only to perpetuate a polluting and climate change inducing fuel. 

U.S. EPA releases draft plan for fracking study
U.S. environmental regulators issued a draft plan on Tuesday outlining how they will determine whether a technique for drilling natural gas harms supplies of drinking water.

One Big Fracking Problem for Oil and Gas Industry
The concern is that underground water could be contaminated during hydraulic fracturing or fracking. In the process, drillers pump millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals and sand under high pressure into horizontal wells. The pressure cracks shale deposits and releases the gas. Most of the  mixture is removed, although some remains. The mix is then put into open pits for evaporation and eventually trucked to a disposal site. The exact chemical mixture is considered a trade secret, although many including benzene are considered highly toxic.

Transparency at center of fracking debate

--- On Thu, 2/10/11, Porter,Wendell A <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Porter,Wendell A <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Oil "fracking"
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 10:53 AM
> Absolutely a good idea to evaluate
> these new developments.  However, it is also important
> that we keep these numbers in perspective. If, for example,
> the Bakken formation oil production goes from 30,000 barrels
> per day to 300,000 barrels per day, this is a huge deal for
> those local economies.  This increase however means
> very little on the national scale and global scale. 
> Our oil imports might go from 10,000,000 barrels per day to
> 9,730,000 barrels per day.  A nice blip, but it doesn't
> change the fundamentals.
> Dr. Wendell A. Porter, P.E.
> Agricultural & Biological Engineering
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Society
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On Behalf Of Jason Evans
> Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:15 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Oil "fracking"
> I was a little hesitant to send this due to last week's
> discussion about
> the Bakken shale formation, but I think it is important for
> BEST'ers to
> get a feel for some of the more credible information about
> unconventional
> oil production in the US West.
> A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of
> previously
> out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping
> reverse a
> two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.