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Earth-Shaking News About Natural Gas Fracking

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:03AM

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Earthquakes are nothing new, but fracking is, on a relative basis. Has increased fracking activity led to a higher degree of earthquakes in surrounding areas?

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 (XOM -3.13%) 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.

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