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Hydraulic Fracking — Economic Boom or Natural Disaster?

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Fracking on the Haynesville Shale near Shreveport, Louisiana.

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Waterville, and Colby College for a forum debate: "Hydraulic Fracking — Economic Boom or Natural Disaster?"

Fracking, an unconventional method of extracting oil and gas, has generated immense controversy in recent years. Proponents see it as an economic boon that will generate jobs and improve energy security, while detractors point out the environmental risks posed by fracking.

This debate features three experts discussing the geological background and engineering advancements that make fracking possible, the economic impacts, environmental concerns and potential implications for the renewable energy industry.

For more on Colby College, visit colby.edu.