As most everyone who follows the news these days knows, the media’s frequent focus on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has caused the drilling practice to become extremely controversial, with passionate supporters and ardent opposition filling town halls across many states. The practice has been established as safe when done correctly. Like many activities, however, hydraulic fracturing and associated oil and gas development activities can be complicated by extreme weather conditions. This article will examine the risks posed by flooding and fracking, how regulations as currently written are capable of managing those risks, and how the industry can prepare itself for extreme weather events.
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