The Oil Outlook

While the Obama administration pushes back a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and, with it, domestic energy policy for the near future, the American oil industry is charging ahead. New hydraulic fracturing methods are allowing us to extract oil from shales previously deemed not worth the effort. For industry leaders weighing investment in "greener" technologies, and for political leaders looking to decrease reliance on foreign oil, recent developments are shaking things up.

I'm Brigitta Greene ’12, a geology-biology concentrator at Brown, and I am in the field as an AT&T Media Fellow this winter break, producing radio segments on the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to connect Canada’s oil sands to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Listen to my radio reports below and weigh in with your comments on the issue.


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