The following represent some of the best resources for researching the legal, political and scientific issues regarding hydrofracking. These sites include the best of government, industry, and the environmental community:
Interactive map from a pro-environment group with information related to "troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions" related to hydrofracking.
FracFocus is a "national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry" managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. "The site was created to provide the public access to reported chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing within their area." Eight states participate with this group: Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota, Montana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. This site does not deal with "issues unrelated to chemical use in hydraulic fracturing such as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)."
Authored by attorneys at Kelley Drye this blog provides focused insight and analysis of key regulatory, legislative, legal, and economic developments related to the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the natural gas industry.
"[N]on-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of the impacts of the global shale gas industry by collecting, interpreting, and sharing data and visualizations through our website;" the strength of this site is its interactive maps. As an aggregator its datasets are usually freely available from governmental websites.
This database includes reference to best management practices related to water quantity and rights. From the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School.
The U.S.G.S. "has compiled a map of shale-gas assessments in the United States that were completed by 2012 as part of the National Assessment of Oil and Gas Project. Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey quantitatively estimated potential volumes of undiscovered gas within shale-gas assessment units. These shale-gas assessment units are mapped, and square-mile cells are shown to represent proprietary shale-gas wells. The square-mile cells include gas-producing wells from shale intervals."
Pro-environmental group dedicated to protecting the Hudson River and NYC watershed. This site provides access to numerous NY DEC documents as well as links to Riverkeeper's comments and document submissions to the DEC.
Pro-environmental group that uses "scientifically credible satellite images and other visual technologies to create compelling pictures that vividly illustrate environmental impacts and provide these pictures and supporting data to environmental advocates, the media, and the public." The group has compiled a database of "more than 27,000 "chemical disclosure reports" voluntarily submitted by industry to FracFocus, for gas and oil wells fracked between January 2011 and August 2012." The information provided is a contrast to that available on FracFocus.
Science.gov searches over 45 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services (PubMed), Interior & Transportation; also includes the EPA, GPO, Library of Congress and the National Archives, Science Foundation and Aeronautics & Space Administration. Free.