It is very common to hear in media reports and through activist groups about how dangerous and bad fracking is in California. However, the reality of it is that this process may not be anywhere near as horrible as everyone has been led to believe. Fracking is the name used for hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting high-pressure liquid into the ground in order to remove fossil fuels. According to Forbes, research and studies have shown over and over that the suggested risks of fracking are non-existent.
When it comes to regulation, industry has as much a right as anyone to promote its interests. People who have been involved in the oil and gas industry for years have a lot to offer to the administrative process and shouldn't automatically be excluded from government posts. It only makes sense to bring in experienced people who understand the issues.
If you are a landowner leasing out -- or considering leasing out -- mineral rights to an individual or company, you need to be aware of the fact that complications can arise. These relationships often involve significant sums of money, generational ownership rights and permissions for multiple parties to access the same piece of land, which can all be very complex.