Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique used by the oil and gas industry to extract natural gas from rock thousands of feet underground. The fracking process includes pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals (including carcinogens) underground.
As a staff member of The Wilderness Society, I am well aware of how climate change is already posing a serious threat to our precious wild places. Increased forest fires, receding polar ice, drought, pests and other impacts are growing more serious by the day.
Westerners think that public lands in national parks, forests and wildlife refuges contribute to their quality of life as well as their state's economic prosperity, according to a recent poll by Colorado College.