I apologize for my radio silence on the issue so far; I’ve just moved and started a new job and have had precious little time to spare for anything else. I’ve done some work on fracking issues in California and followed the debate for a while and have seen few, if any, better explanations of the dangers of fracking than those offered by David in this thread. Big kudos for a very comprehensive and palatable explanation.
A few thoughts that I have coming out of what I’ve learned here:
1. I think that the best way of catching up on an issue like this is to look to other groups that have studied it for a while. Reaching out to groups like the NPRC is a great way of learning where we stand politically and therefor finding the best angle from which to approach a decision maker. I’m also eagerly awaiting results of this NPRC meeting. If you haven’t signed up for email updates from them, I highly recommend it. The Montana Environmental Information Center, headed by Derf Johnson, also has an email list and some resources on fracking.
2. Google alerts are great. Plug something like “fracking Montana” into google news and sign up for a daily update with any stories that include those key words. It seems like things are happening pretty fast right now.
4. I’ve passed along a lot of these emails to a friend of mine who will be visiting Montana soon on behalf of Environment America, working (most likely) on clean water issues. She’s happy to have some background on the issue and might be doing outreach to a lot of the same people that we are. I’ll keep y’all up to date with anything that I hear from her camp.
Much love to all, and thank you for your reasoned and quick response to the issue.