Science and Law
5th April 2013

Separate “Frack from Fiction” – Fantastic Hydraulic Fracturing Resources for Lawyers

Moreover, “Uncertain science plays a major role in fracking litigation, making it difficult or impossible for plaintiffs to show that their injuries were caused by fracking.

Separate “Frack from Fiction” – Fantastic Hydraulic Fracturing Resources for Lawyers

Hydraulic fracturing continues to be a very hot environmental topic, as most our readers likely know.

Moreover, “Uncertain science plays a major role in fracking litigation, making it difficult or impossible for plaintiffs to show that their injuries were caused by fracking. Yet enough questions remain unanswered and under continued study that claims continue to be made and cases brought” as explained in a recent post by Mark Fitzsimmons and Rachel Tennis.

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And now, with the upcoming premier of Josh Fox’s Gasland II at the Tribeca Film Festival, which follows his grossly unscientific Gasland, it is more important than ever to highlight some great resources that discuss the real scientific evidence related to hydraulic fracturing and the environment & health. Also, it may reasonable to expect that a number of rebuttal films may be close behind Gasland II, much like FrackNation and Truthland followed Gasland.

The listed fact-based resources can collectively act as a place to stay in-tune with what the science is showing with respect to air and water studies, earthquakes, as well as health impact studies – including workers’ exposure to silica, which will be the feature of a subsequent ISS blog post.

It remains that no rigorous scientific study has yet to demonstrate adverse health impacts as a result of hydraulic fracturing activities. Further, it is worthwhile noting that the February 2013 issue of New Solutions (which is open-access) was dedicated entirely to hydraulic fracturing. And although it has a “pro-plaintiff” feel, especially since a number of well-known opponents of hydraulic fracturing authored articles, it allows one to quickly get up to speed on what the major controversies and limitations in the areas of policy and regulations, contamination, and health impacts are.

Every experienced lawyer has been confronted with persuasive junk “scientific” information – so with the release of Gasland II just around the corner, it is time to get familiar with some online resources that offer great information that you can use to balance Fox’s skewed views.

EPA continues to be a great resource for keeping up-to-date on the regulatory and scientific sides of hydraulic fracturing, not to mention their many ongoing studies, including the notorious Pavillion, WY groundwater investigation. EPA provides information on wastewater issues, underground injection controls, disposal ponds, groundwater and air issues, and more.

USGS provides some general background information as well as some informative videos. USGS has been active in conducting water and earthquake studies, all of which can be linked to through the site.

Vincent & Elkins’ Shale and Fracking Tracker provides a robust list of U.S. University studies and reports, as well as a rolling “Daily Fracking News” feature. You will also find links out to U.S. Government resources, U.S. Industry Group resources, and shale and fracking blogs.

Plenty of feature stories, as well as backgrounder information communicated at a layman’s level. According to the site: “A natural gas boom is under way in the United States, with more than 200,000 wells drilled in just under a decade. But people living on the front door step of the natural gas bonanza have a question: Are these wells creating harmful pollutants? NPR explores why there isn’t an answer yet.”

EID’s blog is thorough, well-cited, and provides a sobering balance to the vast number of activist voices. Check out their virtual tour of a well site!

America’s Natural Gas Alliance “exists to promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of greater use of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas,” representing 27 of North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies. A great source of information including a Hydraulic Fracturing 101 feature, product innovations, and state-based regulations.

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