Last month during a town hall meeting recently Governor Rick Perry argued with locals about the concern that hydraulic fracturing is harmful to the environment: “We can have this conversation but you cannot show me one place, not one where there is a proven pollution of groundwater by hydraulic fracking,” Perry said. In response another local man exclaimed: “That’s false!” This is just part of the conversation about hydraulic fracturing that’s going on around the country.

“Nothing would shut down drilling faster, and destroy billions of dollars of investment, than media interviews with mothers afraid to let their kids brush their teeth with polluted water. So the EPA study needs to be carefully reviewed. But the EPA’s credibility is also open to review. The agency is dominated by anticarbon true believers, and the Obama Administration has waged a campaign to raise the price and limit the production of fossil fuels.”

 As part of the debate involving fracking continues around the country, it’s important to note that it’s like any political or cultural debate. There’s some truth, some falsehood, and some bias in every argument. Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas provides an undeniable economic opportunity for this country. Drilling companies, local and state governments, and the EPA are focused on providing little to no impact to communities within the areas surrounding shale plays.