Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is best known, has drawn its share of controversy nationwide as well as locally from environmental groups, who have raised concerns over safety issues. Shannon Anderson with the Powder River Basin Resource Council explains the process of fracking.
PRBRC Board Member John Fenton says that the fluids that are used in the fracking process are what pose the real concern.
Fenton said that during the Bush/Cheney Administration, the drilling companies did not have to adhere to the safe water drinking act and other environmental rules. This meant that they did not have to disclose the chemicals that were being used in the fracking process. Fenton went on to say that most of the chemicals that are used are highly toxic and that their effects to humans and the environment are not yet known.