Drilling into a fracking minefield

Fracking has proven an emotive and divisive issue, but there is one key player sitting on the fence… for now.

From water worries to well blowouts, the inherent risks of oil and gas extraction are often played down by those in the business. But another group of profit-seekers has every reason to keep a close eye on dangers for drillers: their insurers.

Underwriters now face a politically charged problem in the perceived threats to water supplies of hydraulic fracturing.

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