DTN/The Progressive Farmer In-Depth



The current oil boom is the product of technology and high oil prices. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a process that allows oil explorers to use water, sand and chemicals under pressure to shatter rock formations and thus free trapped oil. However, it has become controversial: while it can bring an economic boom to rural areas and help provide extra income for some farmers, the method has increased competition for water and raised environmental concerns. The following is DTN/The Progressive Farmer's ongoing coverage on fracking to help provide context on the debate on how fracking is affecting rural areas.

he government is proposing to require energy companies to report the chemicals they use in fracking as some fear those chemicals could contaminate rural wells such as this one. (DTN file photo)

Inside You'll Find...


Rural Groundwater Quality a Concern - With growing concern about the potential effects fracking has on water quality in rural areas, the federal government announced proposed rules to require energy companies to report the chemicals they use.
(May 7, 2012)

Expanded Hydraulic Fracturing Raises Concerns - As oil and gas companies expand hydraulic fracturing operations in Colorado, farmers and environmentalists are concerned about an unknown future for water supplies.
(August 24, 2012)

Water Storage Seen as Necessity for Farmers - Farm groups see a need to build water storage infrastructure to alleviate concerns about the future.
(August 27, 2012)

Payday Potential Huge on US Farms - Though it may be tempting for U.S. farmers to sign oil and gas leases in light of the recent hydraulic fracturing boom, experts say producers should do their homework first.
(April 15, 2013)

North Dakota Farmers, Ranchers Learn to Live With New "Fracking" Oil Wells - North Dakota farmers and ranchers are learning to live -- and sometimes prosper -- with new "fracking" oil wells for neighbors. Yet for some, it's too much, too fast.
(October 7, 2013)

Energy Boom Straining Nation's Transportation System - Crude oil clogs Upper Midwest rail lines but energizes a North American manufacturing renaissance, oil experts tell ag industry.
(January 27, 2014)


State Officials ask White House to end Fracking Rule (Blog - originally published December 18, 2012)

Senate Finance Committee Approves Tax Extenders Package (Blog - originally published April 3, 2014)