Ongoing Debate Over Fracking Regulation

Ongoing Debate Over Fracking Regulation

A New York court rules local governments can ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Diane and her guests discuss the ongoing debate over fracking and its impact on U.S. energy prices.

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama claimed America is sitting on a supply of natural gas that could last nearly a century. Those who support hydraulic fracturing –- or fracking -– to extract that natural gas from shale say it could make the U.S energy independent. Others worry about what the prospect of excessive development from drilling could mean for their local communities. Most everyone agrees that fracking needs some level of regulation, but questions remain about how much regulation is too much and what controls are realistic. The ongoing debate over fracking and its impact on U.S. energy prices.

Guests

Coral Davenport

energy and environment correspondent for National Journal

Michael Brune

executive director of Sierra Club

Steve Everley

spokesman for Energy in Depth, a research and education program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America

Deborah Goldberg

managing attorney at Earthjustice

Scott Kurkoski

attorney at Joint Landowners Coalition of New York

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