Politicians often campaign on a promise to make America energy independent.
Fracking, the controversial drilling method of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth, was on trial at the Environment Forum, as Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp took to the stage to advocate for fracking’s potential utility and for tighter regulation of the natural gas industry.
Methane leaks contaminating water supply was a central issue in the debate over the environmental risk fracking poses. “The environmental implications of natural gas extraction are real, and they are largely not being addressed properly,” Krupp said. “The industry is in denial and hiding behind the idea that the fractures aren’t causing water contamination."