Did you know, for example, that hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” refers only to one isolated step in the natural gas extraction process, which also includes exploration, drilling, collection, transport, disposal of wastewater, and storage? Technically, hydraulic fracturing is the injection and pressurization of water/sand/chemicals.
To learn more, take a look at the new display in the Laughing Goat, which presents two timelines focusing on events from 1970 to 2005 that backlight our national ambivalence toward natural resource consumption. One timeline lists some of the most important bench-marks for the oil and gas industry during the period. The other shows the federal regulations that were enacted during the same period in response to major environmental disasters. Future regulations are likely to be set forth by individual states. The question of “who bears the burden of truth” is at the fulcrum of the two narratives. Take a look at the pivotal events that comprise the timelines and decide for yourself.