American Views on Fracking

Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, no. 28, 2016

9 Pages Posted: 18 May 2016

Date Written: May 18, 2016


Since becoming an economically viable means of extracting of oil and gas in the early 21st century, hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking” as the process is commonly known) has become a major component of the American and world energy sectors. In 2015, about half of the oil and natural gas produced in the United States came from these processes compared to less than 5% a decade ago. The rise of hydraulic fracturing has had enormous impacts on energy markets worldwide and has been widely credited with playing a large role in lower energy prices in recent years. However, there has also been tremendous controversy surrounding the environmental and health effects associated with the use of fracking both in the United States and abroad. It is against this backdrop that the Fall 2015 National Survey on Energy and the Environment (NSEE) examined American views on hydraulic fracturing.

Keywords: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, energy, environment

Suggested Citation

Borick, Christopher P. and Clarke, Christopher, American Views on Fracking (May 18, 2016). Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, no. 28, 2016, Available at SSRN:

Christopher P. Borick (Contact Author)

Muhlenberg College ( email )

2400 West Chew St
Allentown, PA Pennsylvania 18104
United States

Christopher Clarke

George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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