Add Algeria to the growing list of nations that choose to focus on the profits rather than the pollution of using fracking to extract natural gas from shale (that's hydraulic fracturing for those new to this issue).
The African nation of Algeria, already a major exporter of oil and natural gas, could become an even bigger exporter in the coming years as it develops up to 1,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas trapped in shale rock more than [3,280 feet] below the surface.Pilot tests will begin this year.
Even if fracking in Algeria doesn't contaminate as many watersheds as it increasingly looks like its doing in the United States, lets remember that lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for natural gas extracted via fracking are up to 9,000 higher than commonly reported.
More on Fracking:
Shocker: Political & Industrial Influence Forced EPA to Downplay Concerns About Fracking's Eco-Impact
New York Times Reveals Secret Fracking Documents That Show Undisclosed Levels of Radiation In Drinking Water