"Fracking may have all the negative effects its detractors claim — it also may have none. Most likely, it is a useful technology with some unpleasant side effects that can be partially but not entirely addressed at a cost that is somewhat higher than we wished we had to pay. That is how most things in the world turn out; fracking is probably not all that different from everything else."
With shale gas and “fracking” shaping up to be the hot environmental issue of the year, the airwaves have been awash with a breathtaking number of scientific reports claiming either to link the practice to any number of environmental catastrophes or absolve it of responsibility for any of them. In t...