Debunking Persistent Myths About Hydraulic Fracturing

Published November 8, 2023
The other day, Heartland Institute Research Fellow for Environment and Energy Policy Linnea Lueken was a guest on the Ron Arquette Show on KRNS radio in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was invited on to talk about a new paper she wrote with Heartland’s Tim Benson titled “Debunking Four Persistent Myths About Hydraulic Fracturing.” As Linnea explains, “fracking,” as it’s commonly called, is the process of extracting natural gas and oil from several miles deep beneath the surface of the Earth. This revolutionary technique — combined with horizontal drilling — has made America a global energy leader again and created thousands of good-paying jobs. But opponents of fracking peddle myths about damage the process does to drinking water, causing air pollution, health problems, and even earthquakes.Heartland was happy to be able to bust these myths on Rod Arquette’s show. Have a listen to this brief interview and learn more.

Read the paper by Linnea Lueken and Tim Benson here: