"Some people herald it as the start of a new dawn, and others condemn it as a potential environmental disaster.
I am talking of course about shale gas and shale oil, produced by hydraulic fracturing — known by its shorthand as “fracking.” With every new technology there are winners and losers, benefits and costs."
"The new "Saudi" in the US is far more important than that country's fiscal cliff and will hit existing energy producers such as the Middle East and Australia.
The online activist group GetUp has created an interactive map showing all
the coal seam gas reserves and mining wells across the country.
What is fracking? [ PDF 3.3 MBs ]
Access the map here - http://csg.getup.org.au/
More information on gas fracking - http://na.unep.net/geas/