Reports of burning tap water and contaminated aquifers have followed the natural gas industry to the Pacific Northwest, where some drilling could involve the controversial practice of “hydraulic fracturing.”
For millions of years, vast deposits of natural gas have been trapped beneath much of the continental United States. Only in the past decade have energy companies possessed an extraction technique that allows them to free a good deal of the previously untapped reserves. This gas rush has sent federal, state and local lawmakers scrambling to reassess their drilling regulations.
Access the entire story with a map, photos, and audio/video files: Natural Gas Drillers Eye the Northwest
(By Bonnie Stewart and Aaron Kunz, Oregon Public Broadcasting EarthFix)