Recently, we've seen numerous articles in the local newspapers about hydraulic fracturing. Nearly all of the articles have been mostly positive about the process of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Claims that it will be an economic boom for this area have been made by politicians and people who make money in some way or another from natural gas production. The problem is nearly all of these people have conflicts of interests on this matter, especially since the increased tax revenues from fracking will pay for the salaries and benefits of many of these so-called public servants. But these tax revenue benefits to politicians and other government employees aren't the only conflicts of interest by far.