What is the cost of America's thirst for energy? Richard Manning, a writer based in Montana, has been reporting on the impact of accelerated efforts to bring oil and gas out from the shale rock formations in Bakken, North Dakota. His article "Bakken Business: The price of North Dakota's fracking boom," which appears in the March issue of Harper's Magazine, chronicles the impact of fracking on the community.
Fracking has worked miracles in the west, but are we back to a form of wildcatting for oil and gas – a boom time with no rules?
Lisa Margonelli is a contributing writer at Pacific Standard. In her recent piece for the magazine, she argues that current debate about fracking fails to consider how to protect and local communities.