Hydraulic water fracturing, often called fracking, is under great discussion, in congregations, in camp and conference centers, and in Presbyterians' own lives and on their property. Presbyterians hold widely varied opinions on this issue.
The General Assembly of 2012 asked for Environmental Ministries to develop resources to study the issue, particularly any legal resources available. While we are still compiling resources, below is the beginning sample of resources and links. Presbyterians continue to study and discern this issue. We pray for guidance and turn to scripture, Reformed tradition, our Confessions, and PCUSA policies.
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Lynna Kaucheck from Food & Water Watch and Bobby King from the Land Stewardship Project explore this critical topic of how modern drilling and fracking impacts food, farmers, rancher and land use in the United States. Hear about how people and communities are resisting. Watch now.
- These articles on legal issues were produced by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. They concern legislation at the federal level and are timely as they were just published in July, 2013.
- The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists held its second Lewis M. Branscomb Forum on Thursday, July 25, in Los Angeles at UCLA. The topic was "Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking." This two and a half hour presentation is now available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgpdMH6Ftss&feature=youtu.be. (An outline of the schedule of this event, to follow along the recording, is available here.)
- An opinion piece published by the New York Times, called "Gangplank to a Warm Future" highlights concerns with fracking.
- Listen to various perspectives on NPR's July 2013 Diane Rehm show with guests Steve Everley (spokesman for Energy in Depth, a research and education program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America), Josh Fox (founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company and writer/director/producer of three feature films, including "Gasland"), and Abrahm Lustgarten (reporter at ProPublica).
- A pro-fracking response to the movie "Gasland" (which opposes fracking) is a movie called "Truthland," at http://www.truthlandmovie.com.
- FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry: fracfocus.org.
- National Resources Defense Council, a research and advocacy group that argues against fracking, has compiled information supporting their stance here. Food and Water Watch, also hoping to ban fracking, argues against it here.
- Our ecumenical roundtable (formerly the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Program), Creation Justice Ministries, has resources for study and from other denominations, available here: http://creationjustice.org/energy/FrackingInfo.php
- Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness (FaCT) put out a July 2014 press release about the health, safety, and welfare of Ohioans. Click here to download their press release.
- Fracking and Food: The expansion of modern drilling and fracking across the country has resulted in environmental and public health problems and created serious risks to underground water resources, all of which affect farming and our food. Learn more about the connection between fracking and the food system below.
- Fracking and the Food System
- How Fracking Impacts Local Food
- The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking
- Food Supply Dangers from Fracking
- Fracking Our Food Supply
- Chefs for the Marcellus: Fracking in the News
- Fracking with our food: how gas drilling affects farming