Catalyst Fall 2013


Fracking Poll Results: In the Dark on Fracking?

We asked readers of our monthly e-newsletter the following questions.


Question 1: Do you think individuals have adequate information on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") to make informed decisions on how it would affect their community?




Question 2: If you answered "yes," which information sources on fracking do you think are reliable? If you answered "no," which types of data do you think are needed?


Selected “yes” answers

I think the experiences of people who have fracking in their area are good sources of information. I think that scientists not connected with the industry are reliable sources.

Joan Serda, Macon, GA


Government data is more reliable than either Big Oil or environmentalists. Fracking needs to be regulated and monitored, but natural gas is a hell of a lot better than coal. It is an intermediate and practical step.

James Lappin, Fort Worth, TX


Selected “no” answers

1. Geological consequences (i.e., earthquakes, subsidence, uplift, etc.). 2. Impact on groundwater and aquifers. 3. Safety of materials used in the fracking process. 4. Backflow disposition and treatment. 5. Industry accountability.

Michael Sperr, West Palm Beach, FL


Clear information on contents of fracking fluid, backflow, and evapotranspiration [sic] from holding ponds. Who would be responsible for paying for damages due to spills and leaks? How/where will backflow be treated?

Anne Rubin, New York, NY