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Earth-Shaking News About Natural Gas Fracking

Increased seismic activity in North America and Europe near corridors of hydraulic fracturing has had some worried about the dangers that fracking could be causing. Arkansas even went as far as shutting down fracking in a portion of the state during 2011, after tremors were felt. However, a recent study out of the United Kingdom hopes to dispel some of those worries. 

The following video provides an overview of the study's findings and touches on the opinions of a 20-year ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  ) veteran-turned-Tufts-professor on the issue. His view is that the benefits of fracking far outweigh the risks, especially when considering the consequences of higher natural gas prices that could result in a pullback of natural gas production.

Fracking can also have affects on the price of oil, potentially helping keep it below future expectations. However, if you're on the lookout for some currently intriguing energy plays for a higher priced oil environment, check out The Motley Fool's "3 Stocks for $100 Oil." For free access to this special report, simply click here now.


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Taylor Muckerman
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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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