FILM: Switch has played on opening night at The American Conservation Film Festival.
NEW FEATURE: Our Switch Energy Lab videos are coming soon in January 2014.
EDUCATION: Educators, get free energy education materials in our Education section.
NEW FEATURE: Check out our Efficiency Tips!
TAKE ACTION: Click here to rate us on Netflix. It matters!
Switch - To a Smarter Future
Fracking

How dirty a word?

Hydraulic fracturing is a 50-year old practice that uses high-pressure water to break up rock layers and release trapped oil or gas. It has opened up huge new energy reserves, but some citizens and environmental groups are worried that chemicals in fracking water will contaminate aquifers. The EPA has investigated many claims but has yet to confirm one. Still, regulators are looking harder at fracking, while the natural gas industry works to better manage waste water.