Not so long ago, fracking was a technical term little known beyond the energy industry. Now it’s coming to Hollywood, as the fierce battle between environmentalists and oil firms is played out in several forthcoming films.
Hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling technique also known as fracking, has lifted U.S. energy output dramatically, despite warnings from critics who fear it pollutes water deep underground.
Any shift in public opinion could impact policy — and huge sums in energy spending — since drilling regulations are under review by President Barack Obama’s administration and local officials around the country. The high stakes involve a range of issues from U.S. energy independence, to protection of drinking water.