Thanks to a woefully outdated system for regulating chemicals, a substance called n-propyl bromide remains in widespread use, despite its known harm to humans.
A report from the University of Buffalo that called fracking "safer" was misleading and riddled with errors. But in failing to disclose the authors' connections to Big Oil, it showed how the fracking industry increasingly circulates misinformation under the guise of scholarship.
Energy utilities and politicians on both sides of the aisle are eager to swallow industry promises of a bright, shale-gas-powered future. But both history and the data show that a bust could be right around the corner.