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Fracking Shale Gas: Myths and Realities

Veteran energy reporter Andrew Nikiforuk keys off Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, a world-recognized fracking expert, to get to the bottom of four big claims used by industry to reassure the public.

In This Series


Anthony Ingraffea

Shale Gas: Myth and Realities

Nikiforuk tackles top claims fracking industry uses to reassure public. First in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jan 2013


Horizontal drilling diagram

Shale Gas: How Hard on the Landscape?

Industry's claim that clustered wells preserve forests and farms is a myth, says expert. Second in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Jan 2013



Shale Gas: How Often Do Fracked Wells Leak?

When industry says hardly ever, that's a myth. It's a documented, chronic problem. Third in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Jan 2013


Gas burner

Shale Gas: How Clean Is It?

Fracked fuel far more dirty than industry, governments claim. Final myth in series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jan 2013

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By Christopher Cheung