Ronald Bailey, Reason’s science correspondent, put out “The Top 5 Lies About Fracking.”
You need to RTWT, but the biggest takeaway from this article is that fracking is like most industrial processes. If done properly, there is minimal impact. Done improperly, and it causes harm to others.
So who sets the standards? I’m more inclined for industry to set standards because they are going to be more knowledgable and have more to lose. Others may think that a government agency or agencies should set the standard. Considering what those agencies have done to accounting and pharmaceutical development (through the SEC and the FDA), I’m not as certain.