No energy industry backing for the word ‘fracking’

There’s even controversy over the word “fracking.”

The Associated Press reports,

A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines.

The word is “fracking” — as in hydraulic fracturing, a technique long used by the oil and gas industry to free oil and gas from rock.

It’s not in the dictionary, the industry hates it, and President Barack Obama didn’t use it in his State of the Union speech — even as he praised federal subsidies for it.

The word sounds nasty, and environmental advocates have been able to use it to generate opposition — and revulsion — to what they say is a nasty process that threatens water supplies…

Read the entire AP report.

1 Comment

  1. There was a science fiction TV serial, Battlestar Galactica, which explicitly used the word ‘frack’ in lieu of f**k, and quite frequently at that.


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