According to a recent New York Times article, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Natural Gas Subcommittee issued a report addressing the environmental impacts asociated with hydraulic fracturing, which is the process of injecting a highly pressurized mixture of water, sand and chemicals into shale formations to stimulate oil and gas production. The Department of Energy's report made recommendations to address public health issues such as water contamination, waste water handling and disposal, and alsorequested that further studies be conducted to verify that fracing is less harmful to the environment than other energy options. Read the full article here.