As the United States searches for ways to become less dependent on oil from the Middle East, energy companies are turning to sources that lie near or within the country’s borders, such as natural gas. Though it is a fossil fuel, natural gas is far cleaner than oil or coal– and we have a lot of it. However, the tricky thing is how to extract it and whether or not the potential environmental risks are worth the energy reward.
An Intelligence Squared debate at the Aspen Ideas Festival tackled both sides of the debate over America’s natural gas boom. Now, a New School event on FORA.tv features an in-depth discussion on fracking–the primary engineering technique used extract natural gas–and the legal, environmental, financial, and economic questions that surround this controversial method.