It's fair to say fracking is a big issue. The natural gas drilling process has generated more protests and debate on both sides than most social or environmental issues, and given that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon release that state's decision on whether to allow fracking, the debate isn't going to relent soon.
But something is missing from the debate, according to Cornell University professors David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler: academic voices. There simply isn't enough work being done by universities on the topic, despite its massive importance to the public.
See the commentary at Forbes.