Spotlight Podcast: Hydraulic Fracturing

The EPA proposes new rules regarding hydraulic fracturing that some environmentalists say fall short

Hydraulic fracturing, the controversial process of extracting natural gas from shale formations , is facing new regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Last week the agency proposed new rules that should curtail smog-forming pollution from the practice, which has helped lower the price of the fuel by opening up huge new deposits of natural gas to the energy industry.

NJ Spotlight’s Energy writer Tom Johnson sat down with NewsWorks editor Josh Simeone to discuss the new rules, and to explore related issues. One of these is the argument advanced by some environmentalists’ who say that the government needs to do more to protect drinking water supplies, particularly in the Delaware River Basin, which is the source of potable water for more than 15 million people in the tri-state region, including New Jersey.