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Tracking the Issues: Santorum Still Fracking-Friendly

by Newsteam Staff
February 10, 2012

Bill Myles, COO of Wellsboro & Corning Railroad, shows a sample of the high grade sand used in fracking on April 3, 2010. Bill Myles, COO of Wellsboro & Corning Railroad, shows a sample of the high grade sand used in fracking on April 3, 2010. (Adam Fenster/Courtesy Reuters)

Speaking in Oklahoma City Thursday, Rick Santorum reaffirmed his support for domestic shale gas production (CNN) using the controversial process hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking.” He dismissed environmental fears about fracking, which has come under fire over reports of water contamination. “We have to have all sorts of government regulations because of the threats of hydrofracking,” Santorum said. “It’s the new boogey man. It’s the new way to try to scare you.”

He also said that the reliance on foreign oil complicates U.S. interests in the Middle East.

To see more about the candidates’ positions check out CFR’s Issue Tracker on Energy.

Suggested Other Reading:

CFR’s Peter Orszag says U.S. oil production could be on the verge of its own fracking boom.

ProPublica provides a chart, “from gung-ho to uh-oh,” explaining U.S. policy on fracking from 1969 to 2011.

Speaking at CFR in November 2011, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, said fracking is a real problem for local water supplies. He added that if governments and companies don’t mandate the use of the best technologies to mitigate harm, it will be “a major roadblock to the golden age of gas.”

Al-Jazeera asks whether fracking is a cure or curse for energy-hungry countries.

- Liriel Higa, Contributing Editor

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