U.S. residents are increasingly banding together to fight an energy industry that is creating industrial work sites in the middle of neighborhoods and threatening air and water quality.
Environmentalists are trying to change laws written to benefit and protect the industry against certain regulations. Some are paying for independent air quality tests that show evidence of benzene and other carcinogens polluting the air near natural gas sites.
Dave Michaels of The Dallas Morning News follows the impact of a slowdown in production and the trickle down effect on Texas universities, in the event President Barack Obama gets his way on trimming tax incentives and research funding for domestic production.
Some see the budget cuts as a necessary sacrifice, a natural progression of moving toward renewable energy.
Fossil fuel producers see it as an attack on their treasure chests, and a challenge to their long history of enjoying laws stacked in their favor.
And since the guys with the treasure chests command the power in Austin and Washington D.C., toughening laws won’t be easy. Don’t think the battle won’t get noisy.
Make your voice heard if you feel one way or the other.