Getting to the Bottom of Hydraulic Fracturing

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Andrew Browning, executive vice president of Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), speaks with MetalMiner Editor Lisa Reisman at CEA’s offices in downtown Chicago.

MetalMiner recently had the chance to speak with Andrew Browning, CEA’s executive vice president, about the organization’s work and the importance of not only advocating for the continued, responsible use of oil, natural gas and other sources, but for a domestic energy policy tying it all together. In the segment above, Browning addresses the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, known in shorthand as “fracking.”

The process is controversial mainly because it has been blamed — perhaps not entirely accurately, according to this Wall Street Journal article — for increased methane levels in drinking water, among other things. While Browning stated that the process of fracking is safe, according to the CEA and the natural gas industry, he also hinted at continued room for improvement.

Check in later today for more on the connection between shale gas production and the growth of the US economy.

–Taras Berezowsky

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